KU Football

Need for speed: Offense’s tempo comes at defense’s expense

Three practices into preseason camp, Kansas University junior quarterback Montell Cozart needed just a few words to describe the Jayhawks’ new Air Raid offense.“Fun. Simple. Fast. And fun,” Cozart said. “It’s been really fun, and we’ve been able to put in our up-tempo and put a lot ...

Former KU cornerback JaCorey Shepherd suffers season-ending knee injury

Just days after learning that he was in line to open the 2015 season as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting nickel back, former Kansas University cornerback JaCorey Shepherd suffered a knee injury that ended his season before it began. Shepherd, a sixth-round pick by the Eagles in last spring's ...

Lions’ Bledsoe has handle on hype

Lawrence High senior football standout Amani Bledsoe knows some of the difficulties of being one of the top recruits in the country. All of the phone calls and messages. The time needed to build relationships with dozens and dozens of coaches. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is ranked as the top ...

A faster pace: Jayhawks put premium on ‘hidden area’

By now, roughly seven months into their time in Lawrence, the new Kansas University football coaches have figured out they are going to have to emphasize a bunch of little things if they hope to win games during the first year or two of the transition to head coach David Beaty.Beaty set the ...

Jayhawks land commitment from 3-star Houston LB with several big offers

The third practice of Kansas football's 2015 preseason camp featured all kinds of memorable plays and strong efforts from players on the current KU roster.It also featured a glimpse into the future.In town on a visit with his father, three-star Houston linebacker Maciah Long orally committed to ...

Talib: I’m not jealous of Harris’ success

Englewood, Colo. ? Aqib Talib is still at the top of his game. Only, he finds himself often overshadowed by fellow University of Kansas alum Chris Harris Jr.Both of the Denver Broncos’ starting cornerbacks had Pro Bowl seasons in 2014, each collecting 17 pass breakups, a sack and a forced ...

Who’s No. 1? Three KU quarterbacks vying for starting job

Carter StanleyBy Tom KeeganView it as a three-horse race for the starting quarterback position for Kansas University’s rebuilding program and then ask yourself to identify and defend the best-case scenario.Junior Montell Cozart shapes up as the favorite to land the job because he has the most ...

Updated KU football roster features new faces, 2 omissions

The updated Kansas University football roster, released Wednesday night, on the eve of the start of preseason camp, featured nearly two dozen new names and included a couple of notable omissions.Wednesday afternoon, KU revealed that offensive linemen Joey Bloomfield and Junior Visinia were no ...

Plenty of questions to answer with KU football camp set to start

August has arrived and that means another Kansas University football season is officially upon us.The Jayhawks will report to preseason camp today — they’ll stay in the Holidome this year instead of Naismith Hall on campus — and kick off the first practice of the 2015 season on Thursday ...

Catching on: Freshman receiver Chase Harrell made his mark in spring

Year after year, with player after player, coaches consistently talk about what an advantage it is for prospects to graduate high school early and make it to their college campuses in time for spring football practices.For Kansas University freshman receiver Chase Harrell, that path paid major ...

Former Jayhawk JaCorey Shepherd sprinting toward starting spot in Philadelphia?

He has only been playing the position for a few years, but former Kansas University standout JaCorey Shepherd may already have positioned himself to become a starting cornerback in the NFL.Drafted in the sixth round last May by Philadelphia, Shepherd consistently has impressed the Eagles ...

Broncos take a look at former KU WR Nigel King

The Denver Broncos may be looking to add another former Kansas University football to the three they already have on their roster. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Broncos recently hosted wide receiver Nigel King for a workout. Denver has a roster spot available after fifth-year ...

Lions’ Bledsoe cuts list to 10; KU makes cut

Lawrence High senior football standout Amani Bledsoe cut his list of potential college choices on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, ranked as the top recruit in Kansas and No. 131 nationally by Rivals.com, cut his list to 10 schools: Kansas University, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, ...

Beaty likes KU’s options at running back

When David Beaty arrived at Kansas University as its new football coach in December, it looked as if finding a starting running back would be the least of his problems.Beaty will never know, however, what Corey Avery might have accomplished in offensive coordinator Rob Likens’ system. The ...

KU cornerback Stewart profits from Perry’s insight

So impressed was cornerback Brandon Stewart about the opportunity to continue his football career at Kansas University, that he committed to KU while on a visit to California last December.A few days into his first spring with the Jayhawks, Stewart, a 6-foot, 171-pound junior-to-be from Trinity ...

Numbers crunch: Failed recruiting efforts leave Jayhawks short-handed

It’s no secret that first-year head coach David Beaty and the Kansas University football program are dealing with a light deck heading into the 2015 season.Because of a number of past transactions that did not pan out — either because of eligibility, academics or attitude — the Jayhawks ...

Bragg’s progress pleases Beaty

While spring practices in April gave Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his new team an opportunity to say hello and work through some of the growing pains associated starting from scratch, it’s preseason camp where the most serious work will be done.Beaty illustrated that last ...

Column: No. 1 choice: Defensive end Mosby could make impact for Jayhawks

The question, posed in various word combinations, is often asked and almost always followed by a long pause and then a long list of possible answers, not one stated with much conviction.The question: Best guess, who will be the best player on the Kansas University football team this coming ...