Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hutch kicker, offensive lineman to walk on at KU

Hutch CC place-kicker Michael Mesh, left, and offensive lineman Colby Hamel have announced they will walk on to Kansas' football team for the 2012 season.

Hutch CC place-kicker Michael Mesh, left, and offensive lineman Colby Hamel have announced they will walk on to Kansas' football team for the 2012 season.


They don’t have the buzz of the rest of the incoming recruiting class, but at least one could make an impact that is just as important.

Place kicker Michael Mesh and offensive lineman Colby Hamel, a pair of Hutchinson Community College football players, announced recently they would be walking-on to the Kansas University football team for the 2013 season.

Mesh’s addition seems to be the more intriguing of the two, though Hamel’s 6-foot-3, 305-pound frame at least makes him an interesting prospect.

During his two-year career at HCC, Mesh was a second-team NJCAA All-American and was a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection. He is expected to compete with Nick Prolago and Ron Doherty for KU’s kicking duties right away and appears to be an upgrade on what Kansas had at the position throughout 2012.

Mesh, a Hutch native, made 12 of 15 field-goal attempts this season and tied a school record with a 47-yarder during a playoff loss at Butler. His 16 career makes are the most in HCC history, and his 186 career points are the most scored by a kicker in Blue Dragons history.

Mesh made a visit to KU on Dec. 7 and said he liked what he heard in his meeting with KU coach Charlie Weis.

“Coach Weis said I had a good chance to get the field-goal job, but I have to earn it,” Mesh told Brad Hallier of The Hutchinson News. “I’m going to get up there and just show them what I have and what I can do. Kansas is where I’ve wanted to play. I want to help them get back to being dominant in the Big 12.”

Hamel, a second-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection in 2012, can play center and guard and started every game but one this season.

Because they are walk-ons, neither player will count against KU’s cap in the Class of 2013, which currently sits at 24 players, 10 of whom signed letters of intent on Dec. 19.

Rivals 100 released updated its list of the 100 best junior-college football prospects in the country Thursday, and KU, with seven, landed the most commitments of any program in the country.

Pierce Community College defensive tackle Marquel Combs, ranked No. 1 by ESPN, was Rivals’ top-ranked Jayhawk at No. 10, followed closely by City College of San Francisco defensive end Chris Martin, who was 13th. Others on the list: Iowa Western offensive lineman Mike Smithburg (41), Pierce C.C. linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore (57), Arizona Western cornerback Cassius Sendish (59), Fort Scott C.C. cornerback Kevin Short (69) and Hinds C.C. defensive end Andrew Bolton (91). All but Bolton made their commitments official by signing letters of intent Dec. 19. They, along with four other midyear transfers, will enroll in time for the spring semester. Bolton and several others from both the juco and prep ranks are expected to sign with Kansas on Feb. 6, the first day of the regular signing period.

McDougald an all-star

Former KU safety Bradley McDougald, a senior from Dublin, Ohio, on Wednesday announced via Twitter that he had accepted an invitation to the annual East-West Shrine Game, a college football all-star showcase that features some of the top talent from around the country and works to benefit Shriners hospitals.

This year’s game, the 88th edition, will kick off at 3 p.m., Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by NFL Network.

Former Jayhawk Steven Johnson, now with the Denver Broncos, played in the 2012 Shrine Game.


JJHAWK 5 years, 5 months ago

Shades of the Nebraska Red shirt program? I'm impressed.

And 7 out of the top 100 Jucos - I'm not drinking the kool aid but I am certainly stomping my feet in it.

I really think our football program is in goodhands. RCJH

actorman 5 years, 5 months ago

"I'm not drinking the kool aid but I am certainly stomping my feet in it."

Great line!

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Glad you mentioned Kahn. He gets overlooked by many fans. It will be good to have more competition.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Matt - Any word on some alleged Gator transplants?

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Patchan was class of '08, and an 81 as well, though you wonder if the injuries that gave him an extra year kept him under the typical 300-mark for OL.

April13 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the link. Given coach Weis' success with transfers, and our needs, I wouldn't be surprised if we are in heavy on both of these players - with a good shot at both.

vd 5 years, 5 months ago

Given coach Weis' success with transfers,

Examples please..........

Boouk 5 years, 5 months ago

Bringing in Taylor Cox wasn't a success?

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 years, 5 months ago

Welcome! I'm looking forward to seeing you both on the field. Great to see some depth at kicker where it is desperately needed and any lineman who is 6'3 and 305 lbs has a good shot at playing time!

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Went back and looked at the remnants of previous recruiting classes, and noticed that 35 of 73 (IICR) recruits by the previous coaching staffs are no longer with the team. Half the upperclassmen! That's a huge hole, and no wonder that CW is going after so many JC's.

It is also nice to see that McDonald was a top recruit and great to see him get his house in order and return to the program.

swunruh 5 years, 5 months ago

I thought there was a kicker already on campus waiting for next season?

Micky Baker 5 years, 5 months ago

Nope, the kick off and punt specialist isn't here yet. Kahn had to sit out last year due to transfer rules, he's already here.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

One kick-off/punter (Pardulla) is not here yet. One kick-off/punter (Kahn) is here. One FG specialist (Mesh) is also coming.

It will be nice not having Doherty injuring himself with kicking duties (Kick-off and unreasonably long FG attempts) that are outside his specialty (punting), tho it was noble of him to at least attempt to step up for the team. He did a good job the year before when he was able to focus.

Kicking would seem like part of the game where the players just continue to get stronger/better as they continue to mature. There is still plenty of hope for this area of the team now that CW has more than a few months to address the need.

April13 5 years, 5 months ago

Pretty impressive to get two quality walk-ons like these two young men. Based on their resumes, I'm guessing they had some offers from some D-1 and D-2 schools. Best of luck to both and Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

vd 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm guessing they had some offers from some D-1 and D-2 schools.

Name the schools please.

Boouk 5 years, 5 months ago

Alabama, LSU, USC, OU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Oregon, Florida.

April13 5 years, 5 months ago

The word "guess" suggests that I don't have the list but please see below Jordan. We've missed you, welcome back from Boulder. Sorry you didn't get invited to NYC for the Heisman ceremony.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

Where's the Hutch knowledge, or maybe Matt is already research that as part of his next article introducing the players.

Jim Roth 5 years, 5 months ago

CLASS 3A State track results, Posted: May 28, 2011

100 - 1. Michael Mesh, Hutchinson Trinity, 11.11.

200 - 1. Michael Mesh, Hutchinson Trinity, 22.52.

400 - 2. Michael Mesh, Hutchinson Trinity, 50.87

VaJay 5 years, 5 months ago

Great to see Bradley getting the recognition he deserves!! He hasn't had a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball the last few years and in spite of that gave 100% every game and let his presence be known to the opposing ball carriers & receivers. He should have a great shot at playing on Sundays. At least now we've got a reason to watch the Shrine game. Go Bradley!

sokanhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Adding the 2 transfers from Florida would be great, but Saunders has already said his top school is Louisville. He was dismissed from UF for failing several marijuana tests. Patchan is injury-prone, and wants to be reunited with Addazio at BC or Urban at Ohio State.

Boouk 5 years, 5 months ago

Your source with the info on Patchan?

Dirk Medema 5 years, 5 months ago

The injury info on Patchan is in the espn article listed above. Not sure about the ref to coaches/priorities. Still wouldn't count out CW&Ianello.

KGphoto 5 years, 5 months ago

If I hadn't seen the headline, I might have guessed one.

"KU lands infamous train robbing duo!"

How about this? "WANTED: Place kicker and OL depth." ; )

No seriously. All we need to do is sepia tone those pics and there will be a posse planning a manhunt by this evening.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years, 5 months ago

Glad we got two of the Knights Who Say Ni.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years, 5 months ago

Their picture. Almost photoshopped to look like one body; two heads.

Loses its luster when you have to explain.

CrystalJones 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm telling you guys, the Weis train on steaming down the tracks. We're adding extraordinary walk-ons to at team with:

1) a sure Heisman candidate in Sims; 2) the best backfield in the Big 12; 3) the best head coach in college football (3 Super Bowl rings); 4) the best overall coaching staff in college football; 5) an incredible recruiting class; 6) Justin McCay ('nuf said); 7) the best new quarterback in the Big 12;

What this means is that in 2013, the Hawks will win the Big 12 championship, compete for the national championship (MU's going to just love that), have a possible Heisman winner and a sure conference coach of the year and likely national coach of the year.

This time we really will make history. I can't wait.

Boouk 5 years, 5 months ago

Get real. We win no more than 7 games in the regular season next season. My guess is 5 with wins over the non-con opponents, TTU, and WVU, but Baylor and KSU are winnable home games as well.

CrystalJones 5 years, 5 months ago

OK, I'll get real. Here's the schedule:

South Dakota, Rice, La Tech, Texas Tech, @TCU, OU, Baylor, @Texas, @OSU, WV, @ISU, K-State.

The only home we could possibly lose is OU, and we'll probably be favored in that one (Landry Jones is GONE). We will absolutely CRUSH K-State--they have nobody coming back on defense, so I wouldn't be surprised if we put up 50 on them with Heaps at the helm and Sims running down their throat.

The road schedule is pretty easy: Tech will be breaking in a new coach, TCU can't score, UT doesn't have an effective QB and always underachieves, OSU is nothing special, and Iowa State is, well, Iowa State, LOL.

If that doesn't answer your question, there's nothing more I can do for you. I know "History Awaits" became kind of a joke a few years ago, but that really should be the slogan for 2013 IMHO.

Jeff Smith 5 years, 5 months ago

We lose @TCU, OU, @TX, @OSU, and KSU. Im on the fence with Baylor and WV. This is all if Heaps lives up to the hype and our juco recruits make the defense much much much much much better. If not....another long season. Just need more improvement and I'm happy

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 5 months ago

National champs huh. Wow, what Kool-aid are you drinking? Our winnable games this year were against Tech, Texas, Okie State and TCU in conference. I'm certain we can improve in close games and give us 2-3 wins in conference, which means we need to go undefeated in our non conference games. Reality is we are a 5-7 win team, which will be a big improvement.

Steve Brown 5 years, 5 months ago

I am such a goof, I was thinking what weirdo O line man can also kick the ball, couldn't envision it.

Michael Leiker 5 years, 5 months ago

Does anybody know where Mesh went to High School?

blatantdisregard 5 years, 5 months ago

Trinity Catholic, a private high school in Hutchinson, KS.

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