Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw making progress, may be available for Liberty Bowl battle with Arkansas

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Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) celebrates after a review confirmed his touchdown during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

A little more than 11 weeks after leaving David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in an ambulance following a hip injury in KU’s win over Iowa State, Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw appears to be on the brink of a return.

“He has progressed,” Kotelnicki said of the redshirt sophomore from Moore, Oklahoma. “He’s been involved with some team activities now and he’s kind of moving forward with that.”

As for whether Hishaw, who did not practice Monday, might be able to play in KU’s Dec. 28 bowl game against Arkansas in Memphis, Kotelnicki characterized his playing status as “TBD right now.”

KU quarterback Jalon Daniels also said the 5-foot-10, 215-pound bruising running back was “day to day” but working hard to be ready.

“To see the strides that he’s made since the injury, his demeanor of wanting to be able to come back as soon as possible, to be able to see him back out there at the bowl game, we’re going to hope to see that,” Daniels said.

Hishaw played a huge role in the KU offense during the first five games of the season, rushing for 262 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries and adding 95 yards and another TD on three receptions.

Hishaw’s 73-yard touchdown reception in KU’s win over Duke was one of top highlights of the Jayhawks’ explosive offense this season.

He averaged six yards per carry and, on his highlight-reel TD catch, showcased his ability to break tackles and use his blend of power, speed and balance to make him hard to bring down.


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