KU Football

Experience as true freshmen expected to fuel sophomore success for KU trio

Headed into the 2016 season, the Kansas football team needed all the on-field help it could get — on all fronts. Accordingly, some true freshmen, instead of slowly working their way up through the ranks, got legitimate chances to shine as starters.The Jayhawks hope that also brings some ...

Key returning starters to represent KU football at Big 12 media days

When David Beaty heads to Frisco, Texas, later this month for the Big 12’s annual football media days extravaganza, the Kansas football coach plans to bring four players with him to pose for photos and answer questions about the upcoming season.The conference announced Thursday the ...

Tom Keegan: Jacob Bragg ready to pop back up on depth chart

Historically, Kansas hasn’t landed many recruits who play in prestigious, nationally televised high school football all-star games, so when Jacob Bragg, a three-star center from Nacogdoches, Texas, did in 2013, hard-core KU football fans celebrated the news.Never mind that Louisiana Tech was ...

Ehambe prepared to make big impact on defensive line

Josh Ehambe has impressed his Kansas football teammates over the past few years with his dedication in the weight room. Not many players can match his willingness to become a stronger and faster player. Coaches consider him a leader. But his next step is trying to transfer all of his ...

Tom Keegan: No stopping rise of Daniel Wise

Family and close friends at the Wise household in Lewisville, Texas gathered to watch the television coverage of the third day of the NFL draft. Everyone in the room was confident that an NFL team would select Deatrich Wise. It was just a question of when.“We were waiting all day, walking ...

Crazy talk?: KU football players have bowl aspirations

It’s not the job of an athlete to care about what others deem possible or impossible in his or her sport. Nor is an athlete required to base personal or team goals solely off of recent history.All of which is helpful to keep in mind while considering this: football players at the University ...

Tom Keegan: Zac Woodfin brings scientific mind and savage mindset to KU football

The message on the T-shirts of the athletes grabbed the attention of visitors to the Kansas football program’s weight room during a recent workout session for the offensive and defenisve linemen: SAVAGE MINDSET.Uh-oh, get ready for primal screams and a drill sergeant who if he had his ...

Tom Keegan: Walk-ons centers of attention for Kansas football

A pair of Class of 2015 offensive linemen from Kansas, one from Louisburg, the other Overalnd Park, didn’t receive any scholarship offers to play Div. I-A football and read those snubs the same way.Mesa Ribordy and Hunter Saulsbury, who occupy the top two spots on the Kansas depth chart at ...

Inexperienced linebackers expected to step up for Kansas this fall

For all the havoc expected to be produced by the Kansas football team’s defensive line this coming fall, move a level back on the Jayhawks’ defense and you’ll find a less heralded unit accompanied by more reservations then presumptions.Not one senior will play linebacker for KU in 2017. ...

Notebook: Dorance Armstrong’s name recognition continues to expand

In what is sure to remain a recurring theme throughout his college football career, Kansas junior defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong Jr. keeps adding to his list of accolades.Sports Illustrated included KU’s sack-happy Armstrong in its overview of the top 100 players for 2017.A consensus ...

Notebook: Beaty says scholarship numbers improving for KU football

Now that David Beaty has put in two-plus years worth of work into a massive reclamation project as the head football coach at the University of Kansas, one area where he can see real progress is on the scholarship front.While fielding questions from fans at a recent meet-and-greet, Beaty was ...

Beaty pleased with KU’s progress during the offseason

Counting down the days until the start of the upcoming college football season, Kansas coach David Beaty said the Jayhawks have the same hopes and dreams as all of the other programs. After completing their spring football practices, the Jayhawks have shifted their focus to the weight room, ...

Beaty’s former college teammate enjoys chance to see recruiting up close

When Kansas football coach David Beaty met with Nick Williams, KU’s latest commit, on his unofficial visit to campus earlier this month, he saw a familiar face in the room. Williams, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound offensive lineman, was joined by his high school football coach Hoyt Gregory, one of ...

KU counting on donations to enable $300 million football stadium renovation

The University of Kansas is counting on a significant amount of donations to enable a planned $300 million renovation to Memorial Stadium. KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger told a crowd at a football meet-and-greet Wednesday evening in Kansas City, Mo., that the project — which will include ...

Former KU lineman Keith Loneker Sr. dies

Former Kansas and NFL offensive lineman Keith Loneker Sr. died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. Loneker, whose son Keith Loneker Jr., is a current linebacker for the KU football team, has been actively involved both with his alma mater and Lawrence's youth athletics scene throughout ...

St. Louis offensive lineman commits to KU football; Louisiana safety decommits

The Kansas football program received one commitment and one de-commitment on the recruiting trail Wednesday. Offensive lineman Nick Williams, from Ritenour High in St. Louis, visited campus earlier this month and decided it was the place where he wanted to spend his collegiate career. Williams, ...

Zenger announces plans for renovation of Memorial Stadium, new indoor facility

Kansas City, Mo. ? During a meet-and-greet event for the Kansas football team Wednesday, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger delivered news that renovation of Memorial Stadium and other football-related projects totaling $300 million are around the corner.Zenger said architects will complete ...

Dorance Armstrong receives preseason All-American honors

Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. was named a preseason third-team All-American by Athlon Sports, the magazine announced Tuesday. In the magazine’s college football preview, six KU players were honored on its four preseason all-Big 12 teams. Armstrong, who had 10 sacks and 20 ...