Saturday, April 5, 2014

KU football notebook: DT McKinney gone from team

Kansas University defensive lineman Ty McKinney

Kansas University defensive lineman Ty McKinney


Kansas University football officials confirmed Friday that the omission of defensive lineman Ty McKinney from a recent roster was no mistake.

McKinney, a senior from Weatherford, Texas, is no longer on the team.

The interior lineman who transferred to Kansas from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas played all 12 games for the Jayhawks during his lone season in Lawrence. He finished 2013 with 16 tackles — 1.5 for loss — and was a regular part of the rotation.

No reason was given for McKinney’s departure.

Despite the loss, the Jayhawks still have nose tackles Keon Stowers and Tedarian Johnson — candidates for first- and second-string spots on the depth chart with or without McKinney — and are awaiting the arrival of six defensive linemen in the 2014 recruiting class.

Kicker may walk on recently reported that John Duvic, a first-team all-state kicker from Benet Academy near Chicago, was planning to enroll at KU this fall and would join the football team as a preferred walk-on.

During his senior season at Benet, Duvic, the son of former Northwestern kicker John Duvic, set the Illinois state record for most field goals made in a game (five) and enjoyed a two-week stretch when he made nine field goals, including a 50-yarder.

The younger Duvic has put a lot of time into his leg and has developed a reputation as one of the top kickers his age in the country.

“I travel all over working with some of the most talented kids and (John’s) someone you’ll see playing on Saturdays,” national kicking guru Chris Sailer said during an October interview with the Chicago-based Post-Tribune. “As far as field goals, he’s one of the top 15 kickers nationally, and I’ve trained 3,000 kids.”

Hannah & Friends 5K

The KU student club Hannah and Jayhawk Friends will be hosting a 5K run dubbed “Finish on the 50” that ends in Memorial Stadium and will take place at 9 a.m. on April 13.

The run will go off the day after KU’s annual spring game, which is set for 1 p.m. April 12. For more information or to enter, visit


Charlie B. Gonesoon 4 years ago

One more juco debacle. So far in the last week we've had one arrested and dismissed for sexual assault, one more sentenced to 3 years probation for armed robbery, and now another one dismissed for unknown reasons. Add these to the departures last year and all of the silly 5th year transfers and its no wonder we haven't progressed. Worse yet is that we're now a senior laden team that will begin rebuilding again after this year.

Wake up Zenger.

Brett McCabe 4 years ago

The 5th year transfers really had no negative impact, since they really didn't hurt the scholarship pool.

Jucos are always a bit of a crapshoot, but some of them have/will work out well.

The biggest disappointment, to me, is the high school recruiting - especially this year. It's just not good enough. Add to this a bit of a coaching carousel and we do seem to be spinning our wheels. There is no excuse for our football program to not be in a bowl game every year and to finish at least in the top-half of the league. No excuse.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

The HS recruiting this year resulted in one of the most talented group of players we have ever recruited. Watson (#9 OLB), Bragg (#3 C), Wrench(#34 RB), Avery (#35 RB), are the best we have ever gotten, and there is a solid group behind them. You know, the 2 & 3 * players that everyone says we need to develop.

And the "coaching carousel" is just replacing 2 coaches, and are you really complaining or considering the WR change a negative?

Kelly Hogan Randall 4 years ago

Matt......John Duvic the kicker from Chicago was listed as a high school All American after his senior season. He is the first kicker to win Chris Sailer's head to head national field goal competition 3 times in a row. He is ranked by Sailer above the kicker signed by Alabama and ND. He lived in Lawrence as a young child and is a Jayhawk fan. His dad and uncle kicked in the NFL

David A. Smith 4 years ago

Well, don't tell Duvic's leg that its just hype. As far his leg knows, it won head to head national field goal competitions 3 times in a row on its own merit.

Kelly Hogan Randall 4 years ago

From chris sailer kicking website. Thank Coach Mitchell and Coach Weis Rock chalk!

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

Kickers commonly don't get scholarship offers. And if he has really been interested in coming home to KU, then why would others recruit him, not that there is ever much of any recruiting of K/P.

"As far as field goals, he’s one of the top 15 kickers nationally" might also give a bit of insight. Sounds like maybe he doesn't have the kick-off leg - yet, but then that could be where a redshirt, preferred walk-on year comes into play.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years ago

Just have to hope some of th defensive line Juco Transfers or HS recruits are ready to play. Disappointing to see guys that Weis is recruiting getting arrested off kicked off team but that's the chance you take when you're desparate for talent. I don't like Weis never thought he was a good choice would have like to seen Mike Leach get the job. Whether its this year or next Weis will be fired. I don't blame him though Turner Gill didn't exactly leave him with a lot of good players.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

The article does not say that Ty got kicked off the team, just that he is no longer on the team. It could mean that Ty chose to go home. It could mean that he didn't make grades, it could mean any number of different things.

Unfortunately, whiners will whine.

Brandon Mahon 4 years ago

I still want to know what is up with Hymann. His Twitter reals about him working out and loving KU.

Aaron Paisley 4 years ago

I think Matt Tait said a few weeks ago that he was still enrolled at KU and that returning to the football was an option in the future. Sounded like an academic/grade issue the way Matt described it.

Erich Hartmann 4 years ago

Well since he has a Jayhawk love, he is on the straight and narrow. He could field offers from all over, but if you know what direction you are going, why go wide-right or wide-left?

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