Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lineman Jeremiah Hatch on Rimington Watch List


Kansas University offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch was one of 43 college players named to the Rimington Trophy committee’s 2011 Fall Watch List, the group announced Wednesday.

Hatch, a senior from Dallas, has started 35 games during his career, including all but one in 2010 and 23 at center. As a red-shirt freshman in 2008, he played both right and left tackle and earned second-team freshman All-America honors from

The Rimington Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Outstanding center in country, and the organization has pledged more than $2 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Hatch is one of three players from the Big 12 on the list, which includes 13 centers who were on the 2010 Watch List.

Big 12 Media Days attendees are...

KU officials Wednesday announced three seniors would accompany head coach Turner Gill to the annual Big 12 Football Media Days event July 25-26 in Dallas.

Tight end Tim Biere, offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch, and linebacker Steven Johnson will be saddled the responsibility of selling the KU program to a group of Big 12 media members that will shrink substantially this year with those who cover Colorado and Nebraska heading to similar events for the Pac-12 and Big Ten instead.

The appearance, considered by many to be an honor, will be a first for all three players. Last year, KU sent Chris Harris, Jake Laptad and Brad Thorson, all seniors at the time.

Tapko leaves OU

Rockhurst High graduate, Dan Tapko, a tight end who was recruited heavily by KU but chose Oklahoma instead, has decided to leave the Sooners’ program.

According to the site,, Tapko had been in Norman, Okla., participating in OU’s summer conditioning program since early June.

No specific reason for Tapko’s departure was given, but it appears several factors may have been in play.

“It was a tough decision and it was made for medical and personal reasons that would have made my life really difficult trying to go to school and play football,” Tapko told

Some speculated the decision was tied to a knee injury he suffered in high school but Tapko said that was not the case.

“I want to clear up that it was not the knee,” he said. “My knee is 100 percent good to go.”

Though it’s unlikely that Tapko would transfer within the Big 12, it’s fair to say this decision at least landed somewhere on KU’s radar. One thing that makes Tapko transferring to KU a longshot is the NCAA rule that says any player transferring within the same conference is required to sit out a year and lose that year of eligibility before playing again.

KU, which sent recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell after the three-star prospect, cracked Tapko’s final seven.


ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 1 month ago

A closer look at rivals shows that we are the only big12 team without a qb committed for next season. If we do end up landing this Russell character he will be tied with a guy ISU signed for the lowest rated qb in the league.

Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 1 month ago

And nothing stirs up media attention like a qoute from a tight end or offensive lineman. I'm sure the college football live cameras and recorders will be running non stop for some insight on ku's blocking style. I'll be watching while listening to some elevator music, eating white bread, and drinking water with no ice.

KCHawk81 9 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, an even closer look shows that we were one of only two Big 12 schools to sign more than one quarterback for 2011. Baylor signed zero, ISU also signed two. Everybody else: one QB. (gasp!)

It's also interesting to note that except for Ok-State's commit, all of the 2011 Big 12 QB commits are listed by Rivals as 3-star prospects. I just hope the longhorns have their own ahperse to point this out to them.

fromthatstandpoint 9 years, 1 month ago

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Chris Bruning 9 years, 1 month ago

purseshoppingexperienceboy. why can't your computer catch some viruses?

Matt Tait 9 years, 1 month ago

That's a great point. A couple of things I read seemed to think that he'd continue playing, but it's definitely possible that he could take a break.

What's more, I think him making sure to point out that his knee is OK was a telling sign.

You never know how these things are gonna play out but this one will be interesting to follow...

KGphoto 9 years, 1 month ago

Is this guy a better prospect the Mundine?

Kman_blue 9 years, 1 month ago

The recruiting sites thought so. Although Tapko was rated as a TE by rivals and Jimmay was rated as an OLB. Both were rated as DE's by scout, but Tapko was rated much higher (#32 vs. #90). Who knows though, since many outside of the rating sites thought Mundine was a steal and under rated because of how athletic he is. Also, just want to point out Mundine was a 2010 recruit and Tapko was a 2011 recruit, so 1 year apart.

jhawk23 9 years, 1 month ago

Actually, Rivals had Tapko as a 4-star from summer 2010 and into the season. But he missed most of his senior year due to a knee injury early in the season--like the second or third game. That probably explains more than anything why he dropped down to a 3-star Rivals ranking (though he kept a relatively high 5.7 rating, which is basically the highest possible 3-star, which usually is 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7s).

KGphoto 9 years, 1 month ago

Well looking at the depth chart for OK 2011, it's easy for me to believe that he just wasn't going to get an opportunity to be a starter, possibly until his senior year, or RS junior year. They are loaded at TE this year, with two seniors likely taking every rep. Next year, he'll be behind Austin Haywood, who they believe will break out and be a star in his junior year, and probably senior year too. Then he'll have to beat out another freshmen in the 2011 class and who knows who else will be recruited over that span.

So maybe there were just too many guys who were "medically" better, and he "personally" didn't believe he would ever see the field. I hope that's the case. I'd love to see him come to KU and let Mundine play LB for us. At 6'1" and 240, with great hands, Mundine could be a menace, against the run, in coverage, rushing the passer, he's done it all before. And at 6'4", Tapko seems built better for TE.

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