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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Weis: Transfer WR Nick Harwell to red-shirt

Miami (Ohio) receiver Nick Harwell (8) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass against Western Michigan cornerback Lewis Toler (24) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in Oxford, Ohio.

Miami (Ohio) receiver Nick Harwell (8) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass against Western Michigan cornerback Lewis Toler (24) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in Oxford, Ohio.

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Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis said it would take a magic wand to make transfer wide receiver Nick Harwell eligible this season, so the Jayhawks are moving on as if he will red-shirt.

Harwell, the Miami (Ohio) University senior-to-be who needed to complete just six hours this summer to graduate and be eligible to play at Kansas this season was not allowed to enroll in those classes and instead will finish his degree at KU while red-shirting this season.

“The bottom line was he was never allowed to complete his last six hours,” Weis said. “And unless someone does something I'm not anticipating here, my intent with him is to treat (Marcus) Jenkins-Moore (injured linebacker) and Nick Harwell like I did Jake Heaps and Justin McCay last year. They'll work on everything football related, get their academics in order, work on community service. There's a bunch of things they can do to make themselves better prepared and better people and proud Jayhawks.”

Harwell is in town and will practice when the Jayhawks take the field for the first practice of fall camp tomorrow.

For more from today's opening news conference of fall camp, check out the following links:

• Matt Tait's Rapid Reaction to the new depth chart

• A look at the updated depth chart in its entirety

• And full Charlie Weis audio from today's news conference

Comments

jhox 1 year ago

Harwell should sue Louisville.for delaying his NFL career by an extra year.

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Hurinfan 1 year ago

Is there something I'm missing? What does Louisville have to do with it?

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Joe Joseph 1 year ago

Not the worst news when you consider next season should be the first season with real expectations. (So long as this season's relatively low expectations (4/5 wins?) are met.)

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mikehawk 1 year ago

Hated to read this. Apparently this guy is good and we need all of the good receivers we can get. Jake needs targets. We don't want a Heap of Crap this year.

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Jonathan Allison 1 year ago

Matthews hopefully is a plug and play replacement for Pick, and McCay and Pierson should represent a huge improvement over Turzilli, Omigie, and the best of the rest from last season. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but as long as Heaps proves out to be the anti-Crist, then our passing game looks to be vastly better.

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Jim Jackson 1 year ago

Miami U is a joke. I can't believe they prohibited a player from graduating because they wanted him to stay at their school.

We are going bowling this year anyway, Rock Chalk!

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Randy Bombardier 1 year ago

Sounds like the school did not allow for due process and is guilty of a number of things, some of which are likely an infringement of rights and denial of due process. But then, I don't know the whole story. I am just cynical. This may have worked out for the best though. After all he only has one year to play so perhaps having a year to prove himself off the field will be good. Getting to develop his relationships with team mates and getting plugged in otherwise will just make him that much better, not to mention, hungrier.

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Mark Lindrud 1 year ago

I agree next year is probably our best chance for a bowl game. We hopefully can find a second receiver to McCay and with Pierson playing the slot on occasions, the passing game will be better.

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LakeShawnee 1 year ago

@Jhaux Parmalee is listed as #2 Z receiver on depth chart. Would love to see him do some nice things after being set in motion. Tether McCay to the line of scrimmage and have him outrun the corner down the sideline while setting the Z in motion and run Pierson out of the slot. Not terrible to think about.

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