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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Trio of KU football players earn honorable mention all-Big 12 nods

D.J. Beshears, Jake Laptad and Alonso Rojas honored by league's coaches

Kansas University kick returner D.J. Beshears (20) is cheered on by the student section as he breaks free for a 96-yard touchdown return in this 2010 file photo. Beshears is listed as a preseason third-team All-Big 12 selection by analyst Phil Steele.

Kansas University kick returner D.J. Beshears (20) is cheered on by the student section as he breaks free for a 96-yard touchdown return in this 2010 file photo. Beshears is listed as a preseason third-team All-Big 12 selection by analyst Phil Steele.

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Though the Kansas University football team finished just 3-9 and won just one game in Big 12 play, three Jayhawks made enough of an impression on the league’s coaches to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nods.

Seniors Jake Laptad and Alonso Rojas were joined by sophomore D.J. Beshears in earning praise for their play during 2010, the league announced Tuesday.

Laptad, who led the Jayhawks with 4.5 sacks this season, earned the nod for a third consecutive year. Rojas received the honor for a second straight season and Beshears was named to the squad for the first time.

No Jayhawks made the first team, marking the first time since 2003 that the Jayhawks were left off the first team. Kansas was joined by Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech in being shutout of the first-team honors.

Laptad, 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, from Tulsa, Okla., recorded 38 tackles on the season. His 8.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles led the team. He also recorded five quarterback hurries.

For his career, Laptad leaves KU in second place on the all-time sack list with 21. Former linebacker Algie Atkinson (1998-2001) tops the list with 24 career sacks.

Rojas, 6-3, 228, averaged 42.4 yards per punt in 2010 to rank 40th in the nation. He launched 64 punts, including 14 of 50 yards or more. He also landed 14 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Rojas leaves KU with a 41.5 average, good for sixth best in school history.

Beshears emerged as a dynamic return man, finishing first in total yardage, including a school-record 922 yards on kickoff returns. His 25.61-yard average ranked 40th in the nation and fourth in the Big 12.

Comments

Jayjocker 3 years, 9 months ago

Bad teams always get their punter, kicker or returner recognized due to the volume of work. Congrats to all and we look forward to more exciting runs from D J.

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bennettcl 3 years, 9 months ago

Not hard to break a school record in kick-off return yards when you get to receive 5-8 kick-offs per game.

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Ludwig Supraphonic 3 years, 9 months ago

Whiner First Team. Notable for disparaging all individual and team effort. Relentlessly whines about both coaches and athletes with remarkable tenacity. Your uncanny ability to marginalize all effort keeps you in high regard in Columbia and Manhattan.

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Ryan Shelton 3 years, 9 months ago

Try to ignore him. The loudest individuals are usually the weakest and most pathetic. He uses a classic bullying technique: to bring others down in order to make himself feel better. I decided over a month ago to not reply to his garbage.

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Dirk Medema 3 years, 9 months ago

His 25.61-yard average ranked 40th in the nation and fourth in the Big 12 is noteworthy and commendable.

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kufootball2008 3 years, 9 months ago

Sal Capra was the Rock of our offensive line all year. He is as good an O-lineman as anyone in the Big 12. Capable of playing all three positions as well.

Great season, Sal.

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KUfball 3 years, 9 months ago

Sal was easily the best lineman on our team (at least for his position). Hawkinson gets a lot of talk and it is true he could end up in the NFL. For this season though, KU lineman of the year goes to Capra.

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Ludwig Supraphonic 3 years, 9 months ago

Nebraska must be a slough of despond to render a Jayhawk so bitter. Revel in your negativity.

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Michael Leiker 3 years, 9 months ago

I just moved back from 5 years there...it is

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Ben Kliewer 3 years, 9 months ago

About how terrible Nebraska is? I'm sure hornhawk did...

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2Bnamedlater 3 years, 9 months ago

I thought Springer might get a little recognision, it is too bad that he didn't.

Work for it more this off season and get it next year.

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jhawk613 3 years, 9 months ago

I find it hard to believe Rojas got honorable mention when he had at minimum 3 punts blocked this year.

I'm looking forward to next season, hopefully we have recruited some of the right pieces and the football players hit the gym like the Morris twins did 1 year ago.

These "honorable mentions" are the equivalent of YMCA awards. We want every player to feel like a winner so let's give out extra awards. No KU player played well enough to garner honorable mention, but if I had to pick one player that might deserve "some" recognition it would be James Sims.

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dtownhawkfan 3 years, 9 months ago

Well I for one didn't realize Rojas had to block for himself before he punted the ball also. Rojas can only be to blame if he drops the snap or bobbles or takes his sweet time which I do not believe was the case. James Sims is no where close to the best in the league (yet, one day he may very well be), hence the reason he was did not get honorable mention. Thanks for sharing though lol.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 9 months ago

i think Steven Johnson had a fine year. led us in tackles i believe. he's up for the national "Rudy" award....let's vote for him...early and often. http://www.collegerudyawards.com/cfra-2010-nominees.htm

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Dan Pawlowski 3 years, 9 months ago

We don't. Having a kicker recognized is not something to brag about. He got enough practice. Remember they were all honorable mentions. When we get a Quarterback, RunningBack and/or receiver that can show up on the list than we are getting somewhere.

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beenahawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Had we won more than 3 games, there would have been more honors, it's a simple fact of any All-Whatever team. Though the ones who continue to complain about a lack of "talent" at KU and use this poll as a yardstick also need to look at the bevos. Roster LOADED with 5 Star HS talent and they didn't take home a boatload of honors either. Why, because it isn't necessarily about "talent"...it's who wins the most. Best example is Hunter being picked over Thomas. Zero State 9-3, Litterbox 7-5. It's really quite simple.

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Kevin Studer 3 years, 9 months ago

After game 1, I think many of us knew Rojas would be team MVP this year.

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byoung88 3 years, 9 months ago

Tyler Patmon should of gotten more press than he did, he will work harder to get it in

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