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  12/04/20 - Api ManerSr/2022, Kansas, 6-2, 334 (DS#999 C) + More +

  The Kansas football team's starting center most of the year, Api Mane has entered the NCAA's transfer portal as a graduate transfer, according to reports Friday from recruiting sites Rivals and 247 Sports. A 6-foot-3, 334-pound senior, Mane already had opted out of the rest of the season, ahead of the Jayhawks' home loss to TCU this past weekend, KU confirmed. - KU Sports

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  12/03/20 - Kyle ThompsonSr/2021, Kansas, 6-3, 222 (DS#999 P) + More +

  Senior punter Kyle Thompson, who holds two of the highest season punting averages in Kansas football program history, won't be booting the ball for the Jayhawks anymore. Thompson announced Wednesday afternoon his decision to enter the NCAA's transfer portal as a graduate transfer and conclude his career elsewhere in 2021. An undisclosed ailment kept Thompson from suiting up for KU's four most recent games. A 6-foot-4, 222-pound specialist from El Cajon, Calif., spent nearly five full seasons in the program after redshirting during his first year, in 2016.

Thompson cited his "own personal reasons" for going another direction to close out his career - with the NCAA's blanket waiver for eligibility due to the pandemic, Thompson could theoretically have played at KU again next year. One of the busiest specialists in college football during the opening few weeks of the season, Thompson punted 26 times in KU's first four games before he was unable to play for unspecified reasons. Thompson averaged 39.9 yards per punt. Twelve of his kicks ended with a fair catch and nine punts set the opposing offense up inside its own 20-yard line. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 P) Sr/2021 P Kyle ThompsonKansas
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  11/29/20 - Thomas MacVittierSr/2021, Kansas, 6-4, 225 (DS#46 QB) + More +

  For the first time since KU's season opening loss to Coastal Carolina, senior quarterback MacVittie played for the Jayhawks. Injured in the second half of KU's 2020 debut, MacVittie didn't start this time, as he did in the opener. True freshman Daniels remained KU's No. 1 QB. MacVittie appeared on the field for the first time since Sept. 12 when he subbed in for the opening snap of KU's second possession. The senior kept the ball for a two-yard run. He entered again following KU's touchdown late in the first quarter, as the Jayhawks went for two. Again, MacVittie ran, this time after a high snap from Jones, and he was stopped short of the goal line. - Lawrence Journal World

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  11/28/20 - Andrew ParchmentSr/2021, Kansas, 6-1, 175 (DS#56 WR) + More +

  There are at least two seniors on the Kansas football roster Les Miles would like to see take advantage of the NCAA's blanket waiver for an extra year of eligibility. KU's head coach, while discussing some of this year's seniors on his "Hawk Talk" radio show on Wednesday evening, identified receivers Stephon Robinson Jr. and Andrew Parchment as players the staff would want to invite back for the 2021 season. "We want him back," Miles said of Robinson, the first of the receiving duo to come up. "There isn't any question. We'd love to have him back." When the conversation turned to Parchment, Miles added, "We'd like to have him back, too."

The Jayhawks' top two receivers in 2019, neither has enjoyed the same level of success this year. Robinson, who averaged 16.2 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns as a junior, when Carter Stanley was KU's QB, has only been able to play in parts of three games this year, while dealing with injuries. Robinson made one reception at Baylor in the Big 12 opener and another at West Virginia. He hasn't played since that WVU loss on Oct. 17, and Miles said recently the usually speedy 5-foot-10 wideout had surgery to address a lower right leg injury. Parchment, a 6-2 target who caught 65 passes in 2019, has played every game so far for KU this year, but has just 23 receptions for 192 yards with two touchdowns, as KU's offensive line and passing game have struggled throughout an 0-7 start. - Lawrence Journal World


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  11/25/20 - Kyron JohnsonSr/2021, Kansas, 6-1, 223 (DS#86 OLB) + More +

  With the season winding down, at least one starting senior for KU hopes to take advantage of an NCAA blanket eligibility waiver for 2020 and play an extra year. Senior outside linebacker Kyron Johnson shared Monday with reporters that he thinks he will return for the 2021 season. "Knowing my circumstances, it's really just another person just to lead and really more along the lines of not doing it for my own well being, but for the others," Johnson said of his desire to come back for another season. "To put KU on the map basically. We're not on the map. And people know that. It's good to say that - it's OK."

The NCAA determined back in August, before fall sports began, that all Division I athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility, due to the complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes who are able to take advantage of this unusual extra year of eligibility won't count against their team's scholarship limits until the 2022-23 academic year begins. - Lawrence Journal World


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  11/21/20 - Davon FergusonrJr/2022, Kansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Safety Davon Ferguson, who started for the Kansas football defense in each of the first four games this season, is no longer with the team, head coach Les Miles said on Monday. "I think he's opted out," Miles said during a video press conference when asked about Ferguson, who had missed KU's previous three games for undisclosed reasons. "And we wish Davon the very best." Ferguson told the Journal-World that "personal reasons" led to him leaving the team, but he didn't elaborate. He said he is still enrolled at KU and plans to remain so for the spring semester, as well. But Miles said he didn't expect the 5-foot-10, 197-pound defensive back would be back on the roster in 2021. "I don't see his return, just to be very frank about it," Miles said. Even though Ferguson, a junior from Baltimore, hasn't played since KU's Oct. 17 loss at West Virginia, he remains the defense's fourth-leading tackler (27 total stops) headed into the final three weeks of the season. Ferguson made a team-best 11 total tackles in KU's loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 3. He averaged 6.8 tackles per game in his four starts. - Lawrence Journal World

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  11/07/20 - Denzel FeasterrSr/2021, Kansas, 6-2, 225 (DS#102 ILB) + More +

  When the Kansas football team travels to face No. 19 Oklahoma this week, it will be without Denzel Feaster, one of its starting linebackers, for a second week in a row. Although KU head coach Les Miles didn't provide the specifics on what kind of setback Feaster, a senior inside linebacker, is dealing with, Miles revealed on Wednesday night during his "Hawk Talk" radio show that Feaster will be out of the lineup again when the Jayhawks face the Sooners on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ESPN). Feaster, who didn't dress for KU's home loss versus Iowa State this past weekend, remains "a little nicked," according to Miles. "We're not so certain how we'll get him back," Miles said of the possibility of Feaster returning to the lineup. In the first five games of the season, Feaster made 20 total tackles, with 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. The Jayhawks (0-6 overall, 0-5 Big 12) were down two starting linebackers for the ISU loss, with Feaster injured and junior Dru Prox opting out ahead of the home game. - Lawrence Journal World

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  11/05/20 - Jalon DanielsFr/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 203 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  When Jalon Daniels decided late last year to play football at the University of Kansas, the young quarterback from Lawndale, Calif., saw it as an opportunity to do something remarkable. "I've always wanted to be the guy to turn around a program," Daniels said. Even so, the true freshman said he had "no idea" when he arrived on campus that he would get a head start on those endeavors within a few months by becoming the Jayhawks' starting QB. Daniels spoke to reporters on Monday for the first time this season - the Kansas football program typically doesn't make true freshmen available for interviews. Of course, KU didn't give Daniels the keys to the offense right off the bat. When Les Miles' second season with the program kicked off on Sept. 12 versus Coastal Carolina, senior Thomas MacVittie started and rotated in and out of the lineup with junior Miles Kendrick. Daniels was the third QB on the depth chart and made his college debut doing mop-up duty in KU's home loss to Coastal.

Miles knew at the time that Daniels, who didn't turn 18 until this past week, couldn't be asked to take on the task of being a No. 1 QB at that point. "Entering the season, he didn't have enough snaps to get him ready," Miles said. "Period. No matter how you put it." In order for a freshman such as Daniels to start right off the bat, he would have to graduate early and play an entire spring practice schedule to get enough reps, Miles said. But two weeks after this season began - likely out of necessity, with MacVittie hurt and unable to play - Daniels became KU's starting QB as the Jayhawks opened Big 12 play at Baylor. - Lawrence Journal World


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  11/05/20 - Api ManerSr/2022, Kansas, 6-2, 334 (DS#999 C) + More +

  The Kansas football offense will once again be without two typical starters up front this week when the Jayhawks play at No. 19 Oklahoma. KU head coach Les Miles said Monday senior center Api Mane and senior right tackle Adagio Lopeti will miss their second game in a row. Miles said the reason for the veteran offensive linemen's absences was COVID-19 tracing protocols, not a positive case for either of those two players. With Mane out, senior Chris Hughes moved from right guard to center in the starting lineup against Iowa State this past weekend; KU started freshman Armaj Adams-Reed at right guard. Earl Bostick Jr., who had started earlier in the season at right tackle, filled in for Lopeti. The Jayhawks also played freshman Garrett Jones at center sometimes in the loss. "I thought they held up really well," Miles said of KU's offensive linemen. "I thought they improved. I thought the youthful guys that stepped in there listened, got things accomplished and really I think the veterans that were there beside them helped them." - Lawrence Journal World

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  11/04/20 - Kenny Logan Jr.So/2023, Kansas, 6-0, 195 (DS#9 SS) + More +

  On the wrong end of another blowout defeat Saturday, Kansas football could at least take solace in what turned into a breakout game for safety Kenny Logan. No stranger to those kinds of performances himself, wide receiver Andrew Parchment has a working theory on what allowed his sophomore teammate to produce highlight after highlight. "That's Florida, you know what I mean," said Parchment, a product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "I feel like once Kansas gets down in Florida for the next couple of (recruiting) classes, I feel like we'll have a lot more players just like that." Territorial pride aside, Logan was a sorely needed revelation for the Jayhawks. KU (0-6, 0-5 Big 12) fell 52-22 to then-No. 23 Iowa State at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, but it wasn't for a lack of trying from Logan. The St. Augustine, Fla., native - one of seven Sunshine State players on the Jayhawk roster - notched both a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown and an interception in the second half of a contest that saw KU trail by just 16 with seven minutes remaining.

A former three-star recruit, Logan also had three tackles and one pass breakup versus the Cyclones. It was an outing head coach Les Miles said he sensed Logan would be capable of when he offered the 6-foot, 195-pounder a spot in his first Jayhawk recruiting class. "We watched his film. We did an evaluation. He is just what you saw (Saturday)," Miles said. "He has the potential to break a play. He has that potential to break a game open. Yeah, I probably underexpressed his talent, but his talent is pretty extreme. He's fast and tough and will strike you. "Yeah, I think we'll look forward to him for quite some time." - Topeka Capital Journal


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  11/03/20 - Dru ProxrJr/2022, Kansas, 6-1, 218 (DS#17 OLB) + More +

  Winless through the six first games of the season, the Kansas football program will have to traverse the remainder of the schedule without one of its top defensive players, linebacker Dru Prox. KU head coach Les Miles said following the Jayhawks' 52-22 loss to Iowa State on Saturday that Prox informed the coaches earlier this week he is opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season. "He has a very significant personal reason," Miles said of Prox's decision, which came less than two weeks after KU lost offensive star Pooka Williams to an opt out. "That's certainly not something I will share. But he has reason to opt out, other than football," Miles added of Prox.

An inside linebacker who made nine tackles in his most recent appearance for KU, at West Virginia two weeks ago, Prox entered the weekend as the Jayhawks' third-leading tackler (23 total) even though he had missed two games already this season. "It was a pretty good blow," sophomore safety Kenny Logan Jr. said of losing Prox. "But we have guys behind him that were ready to step in and take the role on. So I'm happy those guys are here." Miles said he doesn't know whether Prox, who is a junior, will be back for the 2021 season. "I would love to have him. I'll tell you that," Miles said. "But he's going to have to - he's got some work he's got to do. Not for me, but for his family." - Lawrence Journal World


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  10/27/20 - Jalon DanielsFr/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 203 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The Jayhawks are relying on freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels to run their offense, one that lost its best player in running back Pooka Williams to an opt-out. Daniels has completed 57% of his passes for 381 yards, an interception and no touchdowns. "He's had the ability to use his legs to make plays down the field," Campbell said. "He's got a really strong arm. He can make all the throws, and then on top of it, as soon as you want to play pass coverage, he's got such good athletic ability, he can make you pay in the running game. "It'll challenge the discipline and detail of who we are and certainly who we want to be on defense." - Des Moines Register

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  10/27/20 - Karon PruntyFr/2024, Kansas, 6-1, 189 (DS#13 CB) + More +

  Earlier this week, Miles was in the middle of addressing the Jayhawks' defensive issues in the second halves of recent losses when it prompted him to transition to the subject of Prunty's coverage abilities. When Prunty, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound freshman from Portsmouth, Va., broke up a would-be touchdown pass to Kansas State receiver Malik Knowles this past Saturday it gave him six breakups on the season - currently the most among all FBS freshmen - and continued his streak of breaking up at least one pass in every game of his young career to date. "So guys that are playing for us as young players," Miles said, "really are making great contributions."

Prunty, rated by Rivals as a two-star signee in KU's 2020 recruiting class, is still in search of his first interception as a Jayhawk, but his six passes defended tie him with Alabama's Malachi Moore, North Carolina State's Shyheim Battle and Syracuse's Garrett Williams for the most among Power Five freshmen. Moore was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2020, while both Battle and Williams redshirted in 2019. Louisiana Tech's Cedric Woods, a true freshman like Prunty and Moore, leads FBS freshmen with seven passes defended in six games. As K-State showed when Will Howard threw toward Prunty's man, Knowles, early on a 30-plus yard deep shot, opponents like to test a freshman cornerback. KU senior safety Ricky Thomas said those encounters leave Prunty's teammates impressed. "I feel like he has no ceiling," Thomas said of Prunty. "I feel like he gets better every week. He's a great guy and by the time he leaves here he's going to be one of the best." - Lawrence Journal World


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  10/26/20 - Pooka Williams Jr.Jr/2022, Kansas, 5-10, 170 (DS#18 RB) + More +

  OCT 19 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Jr., Kansas,...A 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter helped Williams Jr., collect his award. It was the first kick return TD by a Jayhawk since 2016 and the first of his career. Williams increased his career kickoff return yardage to 443. - Big 12 Football

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  10/25/20 - Pooka Williams Jr.Jr/2022, Kansas, 5-10, 170 (DS#18 RB) + More +

  According to Kansas football head coach Les Miles, the Jayhawks are expecting to have running back Pooka Williams back on the roster in 2021. Williams' decision earlier this week to opt out came without much clarity on his future plans. But Miles, fielding questions from reporters for the first time since the announcement, said on Saturday the star rusher could be back on campus for the spring semester. "What he said is in January that he's coming back," Miles shared following the Jayhawks' first game without Williams, a 55-14 loss at Kansas State. "So it'll be interesting to see," Miles added. "Certainly we'd love to have him."

In Williams' absence, sophomore Velton Gardner handled most of the load at running back, as anticipated. Gardner rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries, while true freshman Daniel Hishaw Jr. added 14 yards on six rushes. "When (Williams) left, he left to be with his mother, who's sick," Miles responded during his postgame press conference, when asked whether Williams might transfer or enter the 2021 NFL Draft. "I think those minutes and time are something that he'll look back on and not regret leaving the team to be with his mom." - Lawrence Journal World


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