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  11/15/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devin Neal, KU, RB, Fr.,...Neal rushed for a career-high 143 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns to lead Kansas to a 57-56 overtime victory at Texas. He also caught two passes for 26 yards, including a 19-yard score. Neal is the first KU player since at least 2000 to have three rushing TDs and one receiving TD in the same game. He is just the third player in college football this season to achieve the feat and the only with 140+ rushing yards, 3+ rushing TDs, 25+ receiving yards and 1+ receiving TD in a game. - Big 12 Football

(DS#27 RB) Fr/2025 RB Devin NealKansas
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  11/14/21 - Jalon DanielsrFr/2025, Kansas, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Everything was going against Kansas late. The momentum. The crowd. The score. Even history. And then first-year Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold decided go for the win and got it. Jalon Daniels hit Jared Casey on a scrambling pass for a 2-point conversion in overtime and Kansas stunned Texas 57-56 Saturday night to snap the Jayhawks' eight game losing streak this season and a 56-game losing streak in Big 12 road contests that stretched back to 2008. "It really says a lot about the young men we have in the locker room," Leipold said. "They've been starving. It's one win. We have to build on it." Leipold knew he had nothing to lose on the conversion attempt. Lose the game? So what? Leipold is trying to rebuild the worst program in the Big 12. But make it and beat Texas - even a struggling Longhorns program now mired in its worst losing streak in more than 60 years - and Kansas (2-8, 1-6 Big 12) could grab college football's attention with a stunner.

It worked to perfection after the Jayhawks nearly let it slip away. Texas had rallied from 21 down in the second half to force overtime on Casey Thompson's touchdown pass to Cade Brewer with 22 seconds left. Texas got the ball first in overtime and scored on Marcus Washington's scoop-and-stretch touchdown catch. But an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty set up Kansas with a short field and the the Jayhawks answered with Devin Neal's 2-yard touchdown run. Leipold never hesitated on the decision to go for the win. Kansas players stormed onto the field when Daniels found Casey trailing the scrambling quarterback across the middle of the field and the fullback cradled the throw for the score. "I didn't actually see the catch...But I saw everybody running toward them, so I made my way toward them too and jumped into the dogpile," Neal said. "It was just truly remarkable." - Kansas/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Jalon DanielsKansas
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  10/26/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Devin Neal, Kansas, RB, Fr.,...Neal rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns against No. 2/3 Oklahoma to become just the fourth true freshman nationally to compile these numbers against the Sooners since 2000. It was Neal's second 100-yard game of the season. Since becoming a starter four games ago, he has rushed for 344 yards on 70 carries for a 4.91-yard average per rush. - Big 12 Football

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  09/03/21 - Lawrence ArnoldrFr/2025, Kansas, 6-3, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wins have been so rare at Kansas over the last decade-plus that it wasn't too surprising when students spilled from the stands and rushed the field to celebrate Lance Leipold's first victory as head coach of the Jayhawks. Who cares if it came against lower-level South Dakota? It wasn't easy, either. Jason Bean connected with Lawrence Arnold for their second touchdown of the game, giving the Jayhawks the lead back with 1:12 remaining Friday night, and their rebuilt defense held the Coyotes on downs to preserve a nervy 17-14 victory that brought an end to a 13-game skid dating to Oct. 26, 2019. "Right now we're not going to get concerned about style points and things like that. We needed to get a win," Leipold said. "Getting a victory was first and foremost right now and as I said, then we go to the film and work to get better." The Coyotes, who trailed 10-0 late in the third quarter, had pulled ahead when Kansas native Travis Theis ran 25 yards for a score with 5:16 to go. But the Jayhawks answered by driving 64 yards in less than four minutes, converting fourth-and-10 along the way and getting some help from a targeting penalty on South Dakota freshman Myles Harden. Then the touchdown pass to Arnold that set off the wild celebration. - Kansas/AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2025 WR Lawrence ArnoldKansas
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  08/22/21 - Alonso PersonrFr/2025, Kansas, 6-3, 210 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  A University of Kansas football player was arrested Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery and kidnapping, according to Douglas County Jail booking logs. Alonso Person, who is a linebacker on the team, is being held without bond, according to the booking logs. Head football coach Lance Leipold said in a statement Friday evening that Person has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. "Any allegations of this magnitude are not taken lightly, and we will continue to gather the facts to determine the next appropriate steps," Leipold said in the release. Further details about the allegations against Person were not immediately available on Friday evening. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 OLB) rFr/2025 OLB Alonso PersonKansas
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  08/16/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  Kansas football head coach sure is glad to have the former Lawrence High star running back on board. At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, Neal didn't look like a typical incoming freshman skill player when he joined the roster this summer. But Neal's physicality and stature, Leipold said, are just a portion of what has helped the young back make a good first impression. "To see him and his maturity, the thing I love about the young man is his personality, his character and what he's all about," Leipold said of Neal. Even before preseason camp began for the Jayhawks this past week, Leipold said he learned that Neal was the type of player who on a daily basis takes care of his body, studies pertinent video clips and more. "He's asking questions," Leipold said of another aspect of Neal's approach that was a good sign. "He has definitely got the makeup not just in stature, speed, those things, but in how to go about it - as we like to say, to be a pro." Before Neal became KU's top-rated recruit from the Class of 2021 to join the program, he ran for 1,370 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Lawrence High. - Lawrence Journal World

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  08/15/21 - Garrett JonesSo/2024, Kansas, 6-2, 307 (DS#999 C) + More +

  A fill-in starter for the Kansas football team's offensive line a year ago, Garrett Jones announced Sunday he won't be playing football "for awhile." A KU spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that Jones is no longer with the program. A redshirt freshman from Berrien Springs, Mich., Jones opened preseason camp with the Jayhawks this past week before his plans changed. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound center posted to Twitter that "due to personal issues and family reasons I have to step away from football for awhile." In a direct message to the Journal-World, Jones said he is "forever a Jayhawk," and that his "love for the coaches, the program and my brothers will never change." Asked whether he wanted to reveal anything more about what led him to leave the program, Jones responded: "I just need to be there for family right now, because family is always first and due to that I unfortunately have to step away from football for some time." - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 C) So/2024 C Garrett JonesKansas
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  08/09/21 - Jason BeanrJr/2023, Kansas, 6-2, 189 (DS#39 QB) + More +

  Jason Bean didn't gush about his own abilities or attempt to present himself as the answer to the Kansas football team's offensive problems on Friday during his fist interview since joining the roster earlier this summer. Instead, the former North Texas starting quarterback steered the conversation another direction when asked how he would describe himself to KU fans who hadn't seen him play before. "I'm just a hard worker," Bean said, after beginning his response by sharing how excited he is to be at KU. "I'm ready to help turn this program around and get it in the right direction and just start to win games here."

The few weeks of preseason practices between now and the Jayhawks' season opener on Sept. 3 versus South Dakota will determine what type of role Bean plays in Year 1 of new head coach Lance Leipold's rebuilding project. After Leipold watched the newest QB on the roster practice for the first time on Thursday, Leipold shared his initial impressions of Bean, a junior who is one of three QBs in the running for the team's starting job. "I like his hair. He's got a lot more than me," a joking Leipold began. "Big, tall kid. Runs well. He's got a strong arm. He's coachable right now. He comes in understanding he's got to compete." Involved with a QB competition at North Texas throughout much of what would be his final season with that team in 2020, Bean finished with a 54.5% completion percentage, and threw for 1,131 yards and 14 touchdowns during his eight appearances this past fall. He went 79-for-145 through the air, with five interceptions. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#39 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jason BeanKansas
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  08/07/21 - Velton GardnerJr/2023, Kansas, 5-09, 195 (DS#47 RB) + More +

  KU football opened its preseason camp without a couple of notable names, as neither returning leading rusher Velton Gardner nor potential starting defensive end Steven Parker were in uniform for the first practice. Leipold said as of Thursday morning he didn't have any updates on the players who were out. "That just kind of came from the training room," the coach said of a list of nine Jayhawks who were unable to go on the first day of camp. "We'll see where that takes us and go from there." Joining junior running back Gardner and sophomore Parker on the list were redshirt freshman linebacker Alonso Person, sophomore receiver Torry Locklin, freshman receivers Majik Rector and Tanaka Scott, junior receiver Kevin Terry, redshirt freshman receiver Jordan Brown and redshirt freshman fullback Jared Casey. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#47 RB) Jr/2023 RB Velton GardnerKansas
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  08/04/21 - Mike NovitskyrJr/2023, Kansas, 6-4, 295 (DS#12 C) + More +

  Before Novitsky transformed into a first-team All-MAC center at UB, the prep tight end from Victor, N.Y., Leipold said, had no problem being recruited as an O-lineman, even though the coach noted it can even be hard to find high school tight ends who want to play as blockers instead of passing targets. "He's embraced it. He's got a smile on his face each and every day," Leipold said of Novitsky. The veteran center who redshirted with Buffalo in 2018 before taking over the starting center spot, Leipold added, possesses good footwork and studies the game. Those and the aforementioned attributes, according to the coach, give Novitsky the chance to be a "pretty darn good" center for the Jayhawks.

Since officially joining the roster this summer, Novitsky has impressed his new teammates. Veteran receiver Kwamie Lassiter II said Novitsky immediately stepped up and showed that he can and will be a leader for the team. KU's O-line encountered numerous issues in 2020, including a lack of continuity at center, where four different players - Adagio Lopeti, Api Mane, Chris Hughes and Garrett Jones - started at least one time in a nine-game season. Lassiter thinks Novitsky is "really helping that group out" already this summer. "He came from the offense that we're in," Lassiter said of Novitsky's experience not only with Leipold, but also offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki and O-line coach Scott Fuchs. "So I do see improvement on that O-line, and that helps a lot." - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#12 C) rJr/2023 C Mike NovitskyKansas
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  07/31/21 - Kwamie Lassiter IIrSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#55 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

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  07/26/21 - Mike NovitskyrJr/2023, Kansas, 6-4, 295 (DS#12 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

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  07/18/21 - Lawrence ArnoldrFr/2025, 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) rFr/2025 WR Lawrence ArnoldKansas
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  07/14/21 - Rich MillerJr/2023, Kansas, 6-0, 225 (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 MillerKansas
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  07/08/21 - Kwamie Lassiter IIrSr/2022, Kansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#55 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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