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Originally published January 2, 2013 at 09:10a.m., updated January 2, 2013 at 11:56p.m.

KU offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen won’t play football in 2013

Kansas linebacker Michael Reynolds (55) chases after running back James Sims (29) during the second half of the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field. At left is white team offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen.

Kansas linebacker Michael Reynolds (55) chases after running back James Sims (29) during the second half of the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field. At left is white team offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen.

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When Kansas University kicks off spring football practice in a couple of months, it will do so with just 13 players remaining from the 2011 recruiting class that ranked 34th in the country.

The group that included such gems as Tony Pierson, Ben Heeney and Jake Love, dropped another member Wednesday, when KU released the news that offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen, a red-shirt freshman from Wheaton, Ill., was leaving the team.

“I have decided to give up football to concentrate on my academics,” Luhrsen said in a statement. “I appreciate the Jayhawk community, as well as my teammates and coaches, for all of the support I have received during my time with the program. It has been an unforgettable experience and an incredible opportunity. I will continue to support the program and I will always be proud to be a Jayhawk.”

After red-shirting in 2011, Luhrsen, 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, made his KU debut in the Jayhawks’ 21-17 loss to Texas. He also played in losses to Iowa State and West Virginia and finished the season as a second-string left guard on KU’s depth chart.

He becomes the 14th member — and second offensive lineman — in his signing class to leave KU, joining such names as Brock Berglund, Darrian Miller, Collin Garrett and Dreamius Smith on the list of once-promising prospects whose Kansas careers never got going.

“Luke was a valuable asset to our team,” coach Charlie Weis said. “And we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Koehler close?

One of the top remaining targets on KU’s wish list in the Class of 2013 might be close to revealing his decision.

Reeve Koehler, a 6-3, 280-pound, four-star offensive guard from St. Louis High in Honolulu, recently told Adam Gorney of Rivals.com that he could make a decision this weekend at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

Koehler said he would like to commit at the game because his brother, Solomon, did the same thing when he picked Arizona in 2010.

Arkansas, Cal, KU and Tennesse make up Koehler’s final four.

Comments

troutsee 1 year, 3 months ago

We just got a committment from an outstanding line backer from Hawaii who decommitted from Tennessee and committed to us

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offline 1 year, 3 months ago

Come on Kansas ST. just make a good showing is all we ask. Winning the game would be a long shot but, just make them(Oregon) work for it.

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JHWKDW 1 year, 3 months ago

Good Luck & best wishes to you Luke!

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JayHok 1 year, 3 months ago

Yes I was thinking Heaps and McKay, both 5 stars.

Although looking at Pierson he couldn't have missed being a 5 star by much.

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JayHok 1 year, 3 months ago

Best of luck to Luke in all his future endeavours. Glad he will remain at KU, quite obviously a class individual from all that's been said and reported. 4.2 GPA in high school. Taking a look at his highlight reel, he obviously was pretty good. Listed at three stars but had really nice footwork, pulled a lot and drove and knocked HS players on their tails, freeing the running back often.

Also says something about the type of four and five star game ready players Weis is bringing in. I truly think this is a concern from Luke's perspective about playing time.

If he really wants to play football, he can always reconsider in the next couple months. I do agree with him on one point. Weis has brought in players who may get in the way of Luke starting. If Luke really wants to play he'll rejoin the team, there's a place for him.

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iamakufan 1 year, 3 months ago

I wish him the best in his future. I'm glad he's finishing his degree at KU.

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Fortesque Beagleton 1 year, 3 months ago

It's always sad to see a member of our team leave. That said, it's awesome that Luke sees the value of a University of Kansas education and plans to stick with it. Whether he's on any team or not, he'll always be a Jayhawk.

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Jacob Zutterman 1 year, 3 months ago

Good luck Luke! We wish you nothing but the best on your future!

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