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Friday, February 17, 2012

Kansas football adds two area walk-ons

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The Kansas University football program added a couple of walk-ons from the Kansas City area on Thursday.

JayhawkSlant.com confirmed that both Adam Novak, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound running back from Bishop Miege High, and Michael Golubski, 6-0, 220 from Bishop Ward High, had committed to KU and would join the team as walk-ons this summer.

Novak drew interest from several community colleges and lower-division schools. Miege offensive coordinator Jon Holmes told JayhawkSlant.com that the KU coaching staff was looking at Novak as an H-Back because of his solid size and 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed. Novak also played defense for the Stags and led the Eastern Kansas League in sacks during 2011.

Golubski is another versatile athlete who played quarterback, fullback, tight end, linebacker and punter during his prep career and could wind up at a couple of different positions at KU.

Because Novak and Golubski will join the Jayhawks as walk-ons, neither player will count toward KU’s numbers for the Class of 2012.

Comments

HawksRockOut 2 years, 1 month ago

Great to see another BW Cyclone on the hill. Congrats Michael!!!!

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april28 2 years, 2 months ago

Here is how I see this helping us....you bring two additional KC boys into the program. If they are good, great. If not, then you still start to be viewed by coaches in the area as the place to go to play football. It's not always about the obvious, sometimes their is actually a bigger plan. Other than to "believe".

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Rolland Remmert 2 years, 2 months ago

MU signed Marcus Denman's cousin out of Hogan today (football). The KC sports media blowing this up like a hot air balloon but nothing on these two kids coming to KU. Looks like an all out full court press to make MU the relevent recruiter. Don't understand the mentality but Tiger PR is alive and well

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Jason Keller 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh cool, we got a couple of walk-ons who had interest from lower division I schools.

That's exactly what any program looking to get into the national spotlight needs....

So KU didn't get all that great of a recruiting class this year, so what? You don't have to try and create optimism for next season with two local kids who had no better offers. Leave them be and let them try to prove wrong all of the schools who passed on them. The people who read football articles during basketball season are pretty loyal fans, we will be supporting regardless.

These two will probably serve KU well and vice versa but they couldn't get a jersey at KSU so why the He!! are they getting a jersey at KU? Because our recruiters know so much more than theirs and we saw something no one else did? Negative ghost rider.

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Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

we lived in Nebraska for a time, and every year 100 walk on's earned the local county scholarship. So Bob D and Tom O. has a big bench of boys on 'county' scholarships. That is why they had to have 300+ uniforms.

One of them starred as cornerback as a 5th yr. redshirt in a bowl game some years ago, yet most of them were practice squad boys.

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John Miller 2 years, 2 months ago

Great to have the KC kids come to KU. We need to lock up that town

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Jayhawk2016 2 years, 2 months ago

I remember playing basketball back in 5th grade against Mike Golubski. Swear the kid was as big then as he is now. We lost 56 to 8. He was pretty damn good.

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Jim Stauffer 2 years, 2 months ago

What happened to Matt Tait's Thursday chat?

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe these guys actually playing football is incidental, that they chose KU because it has something to do with their future success. So, instead of getting a free ride to some JUCO they have a shot at getting a "free ride" (certainly not free) somewhere more academically challenging. I get that. Work hard and you might do even more than that. Remember that Jordy Nelson was a walk-on at K-State but worked the program.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 2 months ago

Is it safe to say that HCCW's staff is recruiting the heck out of Kansas City?

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Setherick 2 years, 2 months ago

These haven't been added yet so here you go.

Novak's highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84dsei...

One thing that particularly caught my eye is the number of defensive highlights that show him knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage. But I agree with Bangkok on the speed issue. I didn't see the breakaway speed that I'd expect from a 4.5 runner. (Full disclosure: I didn't watch the whole thing carefully, but skipped around through it.)

Could only find Golubski's highlights from his junior year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fl7PZ...

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

More importantly...

Welcome to KU Adam and Michael! KU has had some great players through the years start as walk ons. Glad to have you guys in the program. (My rant above is targeted at coaches, not players!)

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Here we go again... Walk on players that run a "4.5" 40 yard dash... I don't know a lot, but I know how 40 times work. The difference between a 4.6 and a 4.8 is a MAJOR difference.

I was timed at a "4.6" at a speed camp I went to. Had I been a Division 1 recruit, that time could have been reported on Rivals or Scout... The problem? I was pretty fast for a high school kid, but when timed properly my time was a 4.9. Nowhere near a 4.6.

+200 pound kids that run 4.5 40 yard dashes are NOT walk ons.

Sorry for bringing it up twice... These reported 40 times are ridiculous.

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JayhawkinNE 2 years, 2 months ago

Nebraska still has a large walk-on program. As with any other non-scholarship student, some of them pay their own way and some fund their way by other "legal" methods such as loans, pell grants, etc.

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minnhawk84 2 years, 2 months ago

HCCW should pull a page from Bob Devaney's old coaching manual. Johnny Rodgers, a two-time All-American and 1972 Heisman Trophy Awardee, was never on an athletic scholarship at Nebraska. Devaney routinely used Federal Pell Grants and "work-study" programs to add extra players to the Husker roster. Devaney knew how to get around the scholarship maximums "legally."

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gardenjay 2 years, 2 months ago

Even the walk-ons are studs. Hooray!

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