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  07/31/21 - Kwamie Lassiter IIrSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#94 WR) + More +

  Two of the Kansas football team's key veteran leaders, junior safety Kenny Logan Jr. and super-senior receiver Kwamie Lassiter II landed on separate preseason watch lists on Thursday. The Louisville Sports Commission announced Logan is one of the 57 players in the running for this year's Paul Hornung Award, presented to college football's most versatile player. Meanwhile, Lassiter's name appeared on the newly published watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the FBS player who best combines community service with leadership achievement on and off the field. The leading receiver for KU's offense in 2020, Lassiter's production (43 receptions, 458 receiving yards and two touchdowns) wasn't what got him on the Wuerffel watch list, along with 92 other candidates nationwide. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#94 WR) rSr/2022 WR Kwamie Lassiter IIKansas
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  07/26/21 - Mike NovitskyrJr/2023, Kansas, 6-4, 295 (DS#999 C) + More +

  New Kansas football center Mike Novitsky enters the 2021 campaign as one of the top players at his position. Novitsky was named to the Rimington Trophy Watchlist on Friday, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced. Novitsky, a redshirt junior transfer from Buffalo who arrived in Lawrence this summer, is one of 40 centers nationally to be recognized. He is one of five centers in the Big 12 to make the list along with Colin Newell of Iowa State, Oklahoma State's Danny Godlevske, Steve Avila of TCU, and Texas Tech's Dawson Deaton. Given his resume, it is no surprise that Novitsky was named to this watch list. Novitsky started 20 straight games at center for Buffalo over the 2019 and 2020 seasons and was named first-team All-MAC last year. Last season, he helped block for an offense that ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game and allowed only one sack on the year. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 C) rJr/2023 C Mike NovitskyKansas
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  07/18/21 - Lawrence ArnoldSo/2024, Kansas, 6-3, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Another key member of the receiving group figures to be Lawrence Arnold, whose debut season at KU got derailed due to injury. Now a redshirt freshman, Arnold played in the first four games of 2020, even making one start. The 6-3, 185-pound wideout from DeSoto, Texas, totaled six catches for 45 yards before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. Although Arnold's participation during spring practices, Lassiter shared, was somewhat limited as he continued to recover from the injury setback, the veteran noticed his younger teammate improving. "He wants to just keep leveling up, just like the rest of us," Lassiter said. "Everybody's got something they need to work on, including myself." Now that Lassiter has been around Arnold for a year and seen his talents and approach, the super-senior views Arnold as capable of making a jump in his second year with the team. "He's real confident in his game, as he should be," Lassiter said. "I feel like he's the type of player that won't let anybody get in his head, won't let anybody tell him that he can't do something." - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Lawrence ArnoldKansas
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  07/14/21 - Rich Miller Jr.Jr/2023, Kansas, 6-0, 230 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  If Kansas football linebackers coach Chris Simpson is correct, the best days of Rich Miller's college career are just ahead of him, heading into Miller's first season with the Jayhawks. During his first two years playing for Simpson and head coach Lance Leipold at Buffalo, the linebacker from Detroit took on a small but important role as a reserve within the unit's rotation. The speedy Miller appeared in all seven of the Bulls' games as a backup during their 6-1 2020 season, and he finished with 13 total tackles. Simpson doesn't think those numbers do justice to Miller's value. "He doesn't have a ton of stats, quite honestly. And to be quite frank, I had a pretty veteran group in Buffalo," Simpson said recently, while sharing what he likes about the 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior.

When Simpson was still the linebackers coach at UB, he said his position group the past couple of seasons was filled with linebackers whom he considered to be not only good players, but quality leaders and individuals. "And Rich was one of those," Simpson added. Once Miller put his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, Simpson said the appeal of inviting a known and trusted linebacker on board in Lawrence was obvious. Simpson thinks his pupil still has "a lot of time left to showcase what he can do." - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Rich Miller Jr.Kansas
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  07/08/21 - Kwamie Lassiter IIrSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#94 WR) + More +

  One player on each side of the ball will represent the Kansas football program at the Big 12's annual football media days event next week in Arlington, Texas. The conference announced Thursday the representatives for all 10 schools, a list that included wide receiver Kwamie Lassiter II and safety Kenny Logan Jr. for KU. They will have the honors of joining head coach Lance Leipold at AT&T; Stadium, where they will pose for photos and answer questions about the upcoming season.

Kansas is slated to participate on the second day of the two-day event. Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech will all join KU on July 15. The first day, which will take place on July 14, features Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia. Lassiter, a senior, figures to be an important part of the offense as the leader of an inexperienced wide receiver unit. Last fall, Lassiter led KU with 43 receptions for 458 yards on his way to being named All-Big 12 honorable mention. He snagged two touchdown receptions and averaged 10.7 yards per catch. - Lawrence Journal World


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  07/05/21 - Cornell WheelerSo/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 231 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  A former Michigan reserve linebacker who's not far removed from receiving a four-star grade as a high school prospect, Cornell Wheeler announced on Monday he's transferring to the University of Kansas. "Blessed to be a Jayhawk," Wheeler tweeted. "(Let's) work." Wheeler spent just one season with the Wolverines after signing with Michigan in the Class of 2020, when Rivals rated him as a four-star inside linebacker and the No. 6 recruit in the state of Michigan. Listed at 6 feet and 231 pounds on Michigan's roster before he entered the portal, Wheeler didn't play in any games for the Wolverines in 2020. In an interview with Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Wheeler said one of the reasons he chose KU was because it felt like "the right place" for him. - Lawrence Journal World

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  06/28/21 - Trevor WilsonrSo/2024, Kansas, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Among the six former Buffalo football players who transferred to Kansas this summer, following head coach Lance Leipold, two could become mainstays within the Jayhawks' offense over the course of the next few years. While Leipold also expects the KU offense to immediately benefit from the presence of former UB starting center Mike Novitsky, two younger transfers - receiver Trevor Wilson and offensive tackle Michael Ford Jr. - could potentially play at KU longer. A 5-foot-11, 190-pound wideout from Tallahassee, Fla., Wilson played his debut college season at Buffalo in 2020. Meanwhile, Ford, a 6-3, 285-pound O-lineman from Homewood, Ill., redshirted with the Bulls this past year and will play his first college game this fall.

KU added Wilson to the roster this summer as a sophomore and brought in Ford as a redshirt freshman, so Wilson could play for the Jayhawks for three seasons and Ford may be around for four seasons. Leipold has now known Wilson for more than two years, as the receiver joined Buffalo as a mid-year enrollee in the spring of 2019 before redshirting. In a recent interview with the Journal-World, Leipold described Wilson as "extremely athletic," "extremely talented" and "really developed. - Lawrence Journal World


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  06/27/21 - Jeremy WebbrSr/2022, Kansas, 6-3, 205 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  A former reserve defensive back at Virginia Tech who most recently started at Missouri State, Jeremy Webb announced Saturday night he's transferring to Kansas. "Let's work," Webb posted to Twitter, along with a graphic that featured the Jayhawks' logo, photos of the cornerback and the word "committed" in all caps. Listed on the Missouri State roster at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds for his recently completed senior season, Webb entered his name in the NCAA's transfer portal as a graduate transfer in early June. While playing in 10 games in an FCS season that began in the fall of 2020 and wrapped up this spring, Webb recorded three interceptions, was credited with six pass breakups and totaled 38 tackles for the Bears, who were the Missouri Valley Football Conference co-champions.

Webb told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he also considered transferring to Boston College and SMU before picking Kansas. "Ultimately it just really came down to the coaches and pretty much how they have been recruiting me really hard," Webb told Jayhawk Slant of his thinking, adding what the staff laid out seemed like "the best situation possible and the best fit." Added the veteran cornerback: "I wanted to get in and help change the program around." Originally from East Mims, Fla., Webb's meandering college football career began at the junior college level, at ASA College (N.Y.). In 2018, his first year at Virginia Tech, Webb tore his Achilles tendon during spring practices and redshirted. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Jeremy WebbKansas
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  06/24/21 - Zion DeboserSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 245 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Before Lance Leipold and several of his assistant coaches left Buffalo to take on a rebuilding project with Kansas football, a search to replace a third-round NFL draft pick led them to Zion DeBose. As Leipold and his staff got to KU and determined the Jayhawks needed some reinforcements on the defensive line, they circled back to DeBose, a former backup at Virginia Tech who had committed to them at UB as a transfer before the coaching change. Still finishing up his degree at VT this spring when Leipold left for KU, DeBose backed out of going to Buffalo and instead joined the Jayhawks as a summer enrollee and graduate transfer.

Leipold said during a recent interview with the Journal-World that when he and his staff initially came across DeBose, they envisioned the Hokies reserve as a replacement for former UB defensive end Malcolm Koonce, whom the Las Vegas Raiders selected in the third round of this year's draft. They were looking for "another twitchy end" and saw DeBose, listed at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, as a solution to their problem. A redshirt junior at Virginia Tech in 2020, DeBose appeared in four games as a reserve D-lineman and made six total tackles and a sack before opting out of the rest of the season, due to the pandemic. "But he showed the twitch and the speed that we needed," Leipold said of DeBose. - Lawrence Journal World


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  06/16/21 - Jason BeanrJr/2023, Kansas, 6-2, 189 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The additions of several new players to the Kansas football team are now officially official, as the program updated its published roster this week. With both incoming freshmen and transfers arriving on campus for summer courses and workouts, the Jayhawks' list of players for the 2021 season now looks more complete than it did in the spring. The latest version includes eight new players with varying degrees of college football experience.

As expected, all six of the former Buffalo players who decided to follow head coach Lance Leipold to KU via the transfer portal are now Jayhawks: senior defensive linemen Eddie Wilson and Ronald McGee, junior center Mike Novitsky, junior linebacker Rich Miller, sophomore receiver Trevor Wilson and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Michael Ford Jr. Zion DeBose, a senior defensive end and Virginia Tech graduate transfer who originally planned to play for Leipold at Buffalo, also is on board at KU. So is former North Texas starting quarterback Jason Bean, a junior who was recruited by KU receivers coach Emmett Jones this past spring, while Jones was serving as the Jayhawks' interim head coach. - Lawrence Journal World


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  06/09/21 - Miles KendrickrSr/2022, Kansas, 5-10, 203 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  As Kansas football players get initiated this summer into what head coach Lance Leipold and his staff expect of them, a handful of Jayhawks already are getting noticed. The team's director of sports performance, Matt Gildersleeve, tabbed veteran quarterback Miles Kendrick KU's first "guy of the week" for all that the QB has done during the Jayhawks' strength and conditioning workouts so far. "Guy of the week is the guy that moves the needle the most in this program - not just maintains the standard or is consistent with it, but he is relentlessly pursuing the enhancement of our standard here," Gildersleeve explained in a video posted to KU football's social media accounts.

"He walks in the room and makes it better because he's there," Gildersleeve added, as he explained what he's looking for from a player before bestowing a Jayhawk with the honor. "He's gonna elevate those around him. He's gonna serve our room - he walks into it, he serves the people around him, he makes them better." A senior from Morgan Hill, Calif., Kendrick is now in his fourth year at KU. During the past several months in particular, teammates and coaches have lauded his approach as a leader within the facility. - Lawrence Journal World


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  06/03/21 - Jamahl HorneJr/2023, Kansas, 5-10, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Jamahl Horne's days of producing exclusively on special teams for the Kansas football program appear to be a thing of the past. A high-speed kick returner for the Jayhawks each of the past two seasons, Horne showed the type of progress this spring that has KU receivers coach Emmett Jones convinced the 5-foot-10, 186-pound junior is ready to contribute for the offense, too. "I thought Jamahl Horne flashed from a maturity standpoint. He took off. He seemed so confident," Jones said. "The last couple of years, at times you'd see him flash, but he didn't seem quite confident in himself. This spring he just walked around differently." An under the radar recruit out of Miami, Fla., Horne redshirted at KU in 2018 before becoming a factor on kickoff returns in 2019, when he averaged 22.1 yards per return, with a long of 40. Horne followed that up this past fall by averaging 22.6 yards on 15 returns.

Horne long ago began turning heads at KU workouts and practices with his speed. What made his spring displays different this year, Jones related, was how Horne harnessed his specialty and used it to make him a more effective receiver. "He was the fastest guy on the field. He felt like no one could cover him, knew the scheme well and he just took off," Jones said of the transformation that helped Horne stand out during KU's recent offseason practices. "You saw that south Florida athletic ability take off this past spring. So I was impressed with him. You saw everything come together from what he learned being around me the last two years." - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jamahl HorneKansas
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  06/02/21 - Cornell WheelerSo/2024, Kansas, 6-0, 231 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Cornell Wheeler, a sophomore linebacker from West Bloomfield, Mich., who didn't play a snap last fall, entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal this week, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive on Wednesday. A reason for Wheeler's decision was not immediately known. He has not addressed the move publicly, nor did he return a message seeking comment. Wheeler was a standout at West Bloomfield High School under Ron Bellamy, who left his job in January to join the Michigan coaching staff. And while Bellamy doesn't preside over the linebackers, he was brought on to help forge a cohesive culture and help bridge the gap between players and staff. Instead, his star inside linebacker in high school appears headed elsewhere. The 6-foot, 231-pound Wheeler took part in Michigan's practice schedule this spring, and figured to be part of a young, inexperienced linebacker group moving forward. - Ann Arbor News

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  06/01/21 - Zion DeboserSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 245 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Zion DeBose never got a chance to play for Lance Leipold at Buffalo, but the former Virginia Tech defensive end plans to do just that at Kansas. DeBose, a graduate transfer who originally planned to play for the Bulls in 2021, announced Monday evening he won't ever make it to UB. Instead, he is following Leipold and a number of former Buffalo staff members to KU. A redshirt junior this past season with the Hokies, DeBose appeared in four games as a reserve D-lineman. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound veteran from Salisbury, N.C., made six total tackles and recorded a sack before opting out of the rest of the 2020 schedule, due to the pandemic.

Although he has only played in two college seasons - DeBose appeared in all 13 Virginia Tech games in 2018 - this upcoming fall will mark his fifth year on a roster at a Power Five program. Rated a three-star defensive end by Rivals in the Class of 2017, when he signed with the Hokies, DeBose ended up redshirting his first year on campus. After making his way onto the field as a redshirt freshman in 2018, an injury kept him out of the entire 2019 season. - Lawrence Journal World


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  05/31/21 - Eddie WilsonSr/2022, Kansas, 6-3, 325 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The Kansas football program isn't just adding former Buffalo coaches in 2021. A trio of former Bulls players announced Sunday they are following Lance Leipold and several of his assistants to Lawrence via the transfer portal. Eddie Wilson, a defensive tackle who played each of the past three seasons at UB, became the first Buffalo transplant to make known his decision to join the Jayhawks. And before the evening was over, former Buffalo receiver Trevor Wilson and previous Bulls center Mike Novitsky also divulged their plans to do the same.

Listed most recently on the Bulls' roster at 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Eddie Wilson started every game at UB in both 2019 and 2020. This past year, he made 21 total tackles and a sack in an abbreviated seven-game season for Buffalo. A third-team All-MAC selection in 2020, Eddie Wilson told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he wants to help his new teammates and produce. "I'm going to be here for guys on and off the field," Wilson said. "I've been here before and started on the field. I want to lead by example with my actions and I want to help the whole defensive line be dominant. I want them to see how hard I will work. I want to help everyone I can." - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 DT) Sr/2022 DT Eddie WilsonKansas
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