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  12/28/22 - Ky ThomasrFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  While watching "Breaking Bad" for the first time last year, a particular scene caught P.J. Fleck's attention. The Minnesota coach had used television shows and movies - "Elf," "Full House" and "Family Matters" among them - as motivation in the past and this one seemed a perfect fit for his defense. In it, Walter White rises in anger during a discussion with his wife, Skyler, explaining no one was going to come knocking on their door and shoot them. "I'm the one who knocks!" he shouts. So does Minnesota's defense. Ky Thomas ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, Mar'Kiese Irving added 129 yards rushing and Minnesota shut down West Virginia to win the Guaranteed Rate Bowl 18-6 on Tuesday night. "We wanted to be the defense that knocks and I thought we did that," Fleck said. "It was just kind of a theme our guys rallied around." Thomas and Irving became the Gophers' 1-2 punch after Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts sustained season-ending injuries. The two running backs carried most of the load offensively against West Virginia (6-7), accounting for 273 of Minnesota's 358 total yards. They were good, but Minnesota's defense was flat-out dominating. - Minnesota/AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Ky ThomasKansas
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  12/20/21 - Amauri Pesek-HicksonrFr/2025, Kansas, 5-11, 230 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Kansas running back Amauri Pesek-Hickson has entered the transfer portal and will play college football somewhere else during the 2022 season. Several recruiting outlets, including the Rivals.com site dedicated to tracking the transfer portal, reported the news Thursday morning. A 6-foot, 230-pound redshirt freshman from nearby Blue Valley North High, Pesek-Hickson appeared in 15 games for the Jayhawks during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, recording 363 yards rushing on 100 attempts. He dealt with injuries throughout the 2021 campaign, but still managed to play in 11 of KU's 12 games, including the season finale versus West Virginia, where he tied a career-high with 12 carries - for 60 yards - while filling in for injured starter Devin Neal, who missed the game. - Lawrence Journal World

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  12/20/21 - Miles KendrickrSr/2023, Kansas, 5-10, 203 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The Kansas football program's quarterback depth for 2022 took a hit when two reserves - Miles Kendrick and Conrad Hawley - decided to leave via the transfer portal. KU head coach Lance Leipold confirmed Wednesday during his early signing period press conference that both QBs are moving on. Leipold said their departure was one of the factors in KU recruiting and signing Class of 2022 quarterback Ethan Vasko, out of Chesapeake, Virginia. A redshirt senior for the Jayhawks in 2021, Kendrick could have potentially used the NCAA's 2020 Covid waiver for an extra year of eligibility to remain at KU, if that was a scenario both he and the coaching staff wanted to pursue. - Lawrence Journal World

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  12/16/21 - Eriq GilyardrSr/2023, Kansas, 5-11, 228 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Lance Leipold's Kansas football staff continued to hit the transfer portal hard on Tuesday, as former UCF linebacker Eriq Gilyard announced his commitment to the program. Gilyard became the fifth transfer to pledge to the Jayhawks in the past five days, leading up to Wednesday's early signing period. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds on the UCF roster in 2021, Gilyard was a few weeks into his senior season when he left the Knights. He played in four games and started one. Because he only participated in four, he will be able to use 2021 as his redshirt season. Additionally, Gilyard can use the NCAA's 2020 Covid waiver for an extra year of eligibility and join the Jayhawks with two years remaining, even though he was a senior entering the season at UCF. - Lawrence Journal World

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  12/16/21 - Craig YoungrSo/2024, Kansas, 6-2, 223 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Former Ohio State football player Craig Young has transferred to Kansas. Young entered the portal after three seasons with the Buckeyes recording 23 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He arrived as a member of the 2019 recruiting class ranked as the nation's No. 609 player and No. 34 athlete. He's the third player from the class to transfer, along with Jameson Williams and Ryan Jacoby. The former three-star recruit flashed at times during his career but could never carve out a consistent role for OSU. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  12/15/21 - Sevion MorrisonrFr/2025, Kansas, 5-11, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  A reserve running back at Nebraska a little more than a month ago, Sevion Morrison announced Sunday night he'll soon be calling Kansas home. A 6-foot, 210-pound back from Tulsa, Okla., Morrison was a freshman this past season, and finished with 30 carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns, while appearing in seven games for the Huskers. It was his second season with the program, but he didn't play in any games in 2020.

Morrison decided to leave the program in November, with just a few weeks left in the season, and entered his name in the transfer portal. Not long ago, Morrison was a highly regarded high school prospect in the Class of 2020. Rivals rated him as a four-star talent at Edison High, and ranked him as the No. 2 overall senior in the state of Oklahoma that year. Before signing with Nebraska, Morrison picked up scholarship offers from numerous Power Five programs, including Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor. - Lawrence Journal World


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  12/14/21 - Kalon GervinrJr/2023, Kansas, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  A former starting cornerback at Michigan State, Kalon Gervin's venture into the transfer portal has landed him at the University of Kansas. Just a little more than six weeks ago, Gervin planned to transfer to Wisconsin and committed to play for the Badgers in 2022. However, Gervin announced Friday he has flipped on that decision, and committed to KU. "Change of plans," Gervin posted to Twitter, along with photos of him wearing a blue, No. 8 KU uniform. Gervin left the Spartans early on this past season, entering the portal in late September. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds on MSU's roster as a redshirt junior in 2021, Gervin played in MSU's first four games. He started twice and made 14 total tackles. The Detroit Free Press reported Gervin's departure coincided with a cutback in his playing time. - Lawrence Journal World

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  11/20/21 - Ky ThomasrFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Ky Thomas ran for 105 yards and a career-high two scores, Tanner Morgan threw two touchdown passes and Minnesota scored 14 points the final 46 seconds of the first half Saturday to pull away from Indiana 35-14. Minnesota (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) ended a two-game losing streak. The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-7) have lost seven straight. Indiana started fast, capping an impressive opening drive with quarterback Donaven McCulley scooping up a fumbled snap and scoring from 11 yards out.

Thomas' 2-yard TD run tied the score midway through the second quarter and his 1-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half gave Minnesota a 14-7 lead. The Gophers took control after Tyler Nubin picked off McCulley, a true freshman, and returned it to the Hoosiers 31-yard line. Three plays later, Tanner Morgan found Chris Autman-Bell for a 14-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left. Indiana never recovered and Morgan closed it out with a 9-yard TD pass to Autman-Bell in the third quarter. - Minnesota/AP College Football


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  11/15/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#23 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

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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


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  10/26/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#23 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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  10/24/21 - Ky ThomasrFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Freshmen Ky Thomas and Mar'Keise Irving became the fourth and fifth different 100-yard rushers for Minnesota this season, as the Gophers gained 326 yards on the ground in a 34-16 trampling of Maryland on Saturday for their third straight victory. Thomas (21 carries, 139 yards) and Irving (15 carries, 105 yards) each had one of four rushing touchdowns for Minnesota (5-2, 3-1), which moved into a first-place tie with Iowa in the Big Ten West Division. Purdue and Wisconsin are one game back. Taulia Tagovailoa lost a fumble on the opening drive and completed 17 of 27 passes for 189 yards and a late touchdown to Marcus Fleming for the Terrapins (4-3, 1-3), who have lost three straight games by a combined score of 151-49.

Thomas, Irving and Bryce Williams, who rushed for 48 yards and a score, are the only healthy scholarship running backs left on the roster for the Gophers, who lost star Mohamed Ibrahim in the opener and backup Trey Potts three weeks ago to season-ending injuries. Williams took the lead last week in a win over Nebraska, becoming the third player to top the 100-yard rushing mark this year. Thomas and Irving gave the Gophers the first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same games since Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks on Oct. 5, 2019, against Illinois. Tanner Morgan went 8 for 12 for 125 yards passing, and backup quarterback Cole Kramer rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Gophers didn't punt until 5:09 remained in the game. In three losses to the Terrapins since coach P.J. Fleck arrived in 2017, the Gophers allowed an average of 39 points and 286 rushing yards. They beat the Terrapins handily in 2019 when they had six eventual NFL draft picks on their defense. There was no lower moment for Minnesota in the virus-altered 2020 season than the 45-44 overtime loss at Maryland, when the Terrapins stacked up 675 total yards. - Minnesota/AP College 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

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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

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  08/16/21 - Devin NealFr/2025, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#23 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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