Thursday, August 1, 2013

Marquel Combs can be serious

Colorful juco DT can ‘flip switch’

Kansas commit Marquel Combs. contributed photo.

Kansas commit Marquel Combs. contributed photo.


Thanks to his presence on Twitter and in interviews with the local media, top-rated junior-college prospect Marquel Combs made a name for himself as a bit of a jokester throughout his recruitment.

But now that the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle has spent some time on campus, his Kansas University teammates say they’ve learned how to spot the difference between Marquel the comedian and Marquel the machine.

“It doesn’t take long when you’re hanging out with Marquel to figure that out,” senior defensive tackle Shane Smith said. “There’s the hard-working side of him, but then there’s that light-hearted, humorous side. He knows how to have fun but still put in work.”

Junior-college transfer Cassius Sendish said he and Combs developed a solid bond before spending time together. Most of that came through text messages or Twitter, and Sendish said that was where the two probable starters mapped out how they expected the 2013 season to unfold.

“Now that he’s here, everything we talked about before, we’re in the process of making it happen,” Sendish said.

Although Combs has stayed focused in the weight room this summer — Smith said his new teammate needed no transition period — he also has managed to be that fun-loving guy who became KU’s unofficial recruiting guru throughout the months of December and January.

“He knows when to flip the switch,” Sendish said. “He knows when he can be joking around, and he knows when it’s time to get down to business. He’s very well-rounded.”

Combs and the rest of the Jayhawks will begin fall camp Wednesday.

Bears ink ex-Jayhawk

The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed former KU defensive end Josh Williams to a free-agent contract. The 6-4, 257-pound Williams started all 12 games for the Jayhawks in 2012 after transferring from Nebraska for his final season of eligibility.

Williams participated in Chicago’s mini-camp in May and was welcomed back this week because of a recent outbreak of injuries on the Bears’ defensive line.

Cornish honored

KU single-season rushing leader Jon Cornish got his seventh season in the Canadian Football League off to a great start in July, rushing for 501 yards and three touchdowns for the Calgary Stampeders and earning Canadian Player of the Month honors.

A native of Westminster, British Columbia, Cornish currently ranks second in the CFL in rushing and is coming off of a breakout season in which he set the CFL record for most rushing yards in a season by matching the exact total — 1,457 yards, on 258 carries — he recorded when he set KU’s single-season record in 2006.

Cornish is one of three Jayhawks playing in the CFL. Raymond Brown plays defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Marcus Henry, a member of the 2008 Orange Bowl championship squad, is a receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos.


John Fitzgerald 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. Tait,

Any news on the WR Transfer? Nick Harwell I think his his name? The guy from ohio?


Ralster Jayhawk 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Man, sooo hard to predict, as so many new faces...but not necessarily frosh faces, but juco kids who are physically readier to contribute, and for certain are mentally motivated to succeed. AND, its hard for opponents to scout KU, since there is no gamefilm of many of these kids at the Div.1 level...You could even say the same about McCay. Nobody knows if Turzilli has sprouted a pair of hands this off season much we dont know. But I do know that Charlie+Campo are going to thump a couple of teams. Wont know what hit 'em type-of-thump. Double-pop-knot thump...


FKUJWK 8 months, 2 weeks ago

go to the link above for more embarrassment that Weis and crew are bringing to KU. That fool doesn't have a clue how to coach at the college level and he doesn't know how to count.


scootja32 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If ku scores 39 or more a game and shuts every team out and goes 19-o, do u think they'll let us play the super bowl winner in the biggest game of all time?


Charles Logan 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I live in Oklahoma, and frequently watch the games at Buffalo Wild Wings. When people ask "What game you watchin?" I say Kansas. They always, ALWAYS laugh. Kansas should have a pretty decent team this year. People in Oklahoma are not use to O-state being the favorite (Which they are right now) Oklahoma is down. They are not the juggernaut they once were. KU fans are guessing how many games the football team will win, and who they will upset. Kansas plays well at home. Last season KU played TCU, Texas, and Oklahoma State close. Why? Because they played in Lawrence (IMO).

So if KU has a better team, and so many people think they will surprise people, and beat someone ranked way above them. Why is no one picking Kansas to beat Oklahoma this year? The game is in Lawrence, and the few times the Jayhawks have beaten the Sooners, the games have been in Lawrence. I see so many people picking the team to beat K-state, and I think K-state is stronger than OU.

Kansas plays very well at home. Is it too much to think they can go undefeated at home? Mangino's team did it. This team can too. KU has 7 home games. If they can pull off the sweep at home, and possibly (very possibly) beat Rice, and Iowa State on the road. That's 9 wins!!! No I'm not crazy. Kansas plays Baylor well at home. They can be beaten. Even if KU loses 2 home games (Baylor, and Oklahoma) but we still beat Rice and Iowa St. That's still 7 wins, and Kansas will be playing in a bowl somewhere.

I may be all alone on this one, but I think KU will beat the Sooners this year. And if they do, I'm gunna do a little chuckling of my own.


nuleafjhawk 8 months, 2 weeks ago

“He knows when to flip the switch,” Sendish said. “He knows when he can be joking around, and he knows when it’s time to get down to business. He’s very well-rounded.

A bit of advice: When you have a Jayhawks uniform on, keep that switch flipped to " serious ". There are already enough people who associate KU football with joking around.


Jhawk59 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Ray Brown played what, 32 snaps his whole KU career but he can play professionally? What coach whiffed on that one?!?


hawksquawk 8 months, 2 weeks ago

matching the exact number of yards and carries? How bizarre.


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