Friday, September 5, 2008

KU’s Branstetter cleared to play


Kansas University kicker Jacob Branstetter, who missed the Jayhawks' season-opening victory over Florida International because of eligibility issues, has been cleared to play in this Saturday's game against visiting Louisiana Tech, the school said Friday.

Branstetter arrived at KU in January of 2007 after a short stint at the Air Force Academy. He sat out a year, as NCAA rules require, and was thought to be eligible for the 2008 season. However, team officials were notified in mid-August that he was five credits short of gaining clearance.

Following the submission of an NCAA petition seeking clearance, the team was notified this week that Branstetter had been deemed eligible to play this season.

Branstetter, a sophomore from Lawton, Okla., is expected to play Saturday.


Mr_Sandman 9 years, 9 months ago

It is always nice to have a good backup too, just in case Rojas gets hurt or goes cold.

FlaHawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Rojas is a punter and does not have much experiene other than HS at plaement/KO duties.Let Rojas focus on punting and be a bak up for placements. He does not have the leg for KO duty at all.

sdoyel 9 years, 9 months ago

How many kickers does this team need?

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

Let them challenge each other in practice, maybe find some specialization like last week, and let Rojas concentrate more on punting. Jacob is a welcome addition.

Jeff Worthington 9 years, 9 months ago

Someone who can get kickoffs past the 20 yard line. Rojas did well as a placekicker, but we need someone who can help us out as far as field position goes. Rumor is he is by far our best option kicking off.

OutlawJHawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Wow, the NCAA made a decision timely enough to make this student/athlete miss ONLY one game. Was he allowed to attend class?The NCAA should have enough money to hire more staff and get these "academic" reviews done BEFORE the season for ALL students and teams. Like any other business, which they are, you staff appropriately for peak times. The NCAA monopoly may be a financial machine, but unfortunatly that inherintly allows them to under-perform...Same comment can be applied to the twins, except they missed THREE games AND classroom attendance.

greatabu 9 years, 9 months ago

Rojas has enough leg. He put one kickoff inside the 5 and had plenty of leg on his field goals. When his kickoffs were landing around the 15, it was by design. He kicked them higher to give the coverage team time to run down and make the tackle. The problem on the kickoffs was the coverage; guys were getting out of their lanes and missing tackles. It doesn't matter how far you kick it if the guys aren't tackling the returner.

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