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
JayhawkSlant.com 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 www.enter2run.com.