Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Defensive duo dropped from KU football roster


A couple of notable names are no longer listed on the Kansas University football program’s official roster.

Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon, who were listed on the Jayhawks’ roster throughout spring practices, have been taken off.

Although no official word or reason was given, a KU spokesperson said removing them from the roster was no accident.

Faifili, a transfer from American River College, missed most of the 2013 season because of an injury and did not participate during last month’s spring practices.

Faifili opened the 2013 season as a first-string linebacker ahead of Jake Love, but played in just two games. He had four tackles in the season-opening victory over South Dakota and four more stops in the Week 2 loss at Rice.

Hollomon, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback who transferred to Kansas from Pierce College (the same school that produced Marcus Jenkins-Moore and Marquel Combs), played in nine games last season as a backup cornerback and on special teams. He finished the season with nine tackles, six solo, and also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.

Preview party dates

As they did a year ago, KU coach Charlie Weis, athletic director Sheahon Zenger and special guests from the KU athletic department and alumni association will tour the state to drum up support for the coming football season.

The first event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 6th Avenue Ballroom in Topeka. Round 2 will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Similar events will follow in Dodge City (May 20, Magouirk Conference Center) and Wichita (May 22, Larry Bud’s).

All of the events are open to the public, which can pick up 2014 football items and win autographed KU merchandise, tickets and other prizes.


Craig Carr 5 years, 7 months ago

So that vaunted Juco class produced exactly ZERO, just like the QB position! Win at least 6 games or please quit Weis, fleeced KU out of enough already.

Micky Baker 5 years, 7 months ago

Give it up. If you didn't notice the improvement on defense a year ago because of three Juco transfers, you weren't watching. Stop with the emo because I can't get my 12 wins this year stuff.

Jim Jackson 5 years, 7 months ago

Complete garbage; those guys weren't going to play and they know it so they left. We're recruiting better players. Besides that: Ngalu, Isaiah Johnson,Dexter Mcdonald, (all received Big 12 accolades),Aslam Sterling, Sendish, Tedarian Johnson, Tavai, Taylor Cox, Stowers, Coleman, Miller are all all jucos who have been instrumental in getting us back to where we need to be after initially kicking off 29 players from the team. Record has been porous but I expect us to be in bowl contention this year.

You cannot re-build a program with anemic in-state talent by recruiting HS players

Jim Jackson 5 years, 6 months ago

I just named 12 guys; 11 of which are still on the team. Can't count either, eh?

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 7 months ago

This will be the year to see if Weis is making a dramatic change. Recruiting JUCO players isn't easy, but some players he has brought in have worked. I am glad this year we focused more on high school players to develop and that will be a big factor since we have so many seniors this year. We need wins this year to see if Weis is making a difference, if not then yes I am ready to say let's move on.

David A. Smith 5 years, 6 months ago

We have transfer d-linemen, recievers, a punter, running backs, linebackers, offensive linemen, and d backs that are on the two deep. Harwell is a known play maker on the d-1 level, who torched tOSU when he was with Miami of Ohio. The reality is much, much different than "exactly ZERO." And, by the way, anyone that thinks that any coach anywhere could have taken KU from where it was two years ago and made it a winner by now has no clue how far the program had fallen. Under Gill, KU football was at an all time low. I challenge anyone to site a time that KU was worse off than under TG. Valesente days included.

Michael Maris 5 years, 7 months ago

It still blows my mind, if the Jayhawks are going to recruit the Junior College Ranks to fill roster spots that need upgrading, why isn't Kansas staying in their own back yard? State of Kansas has one of the top ranked Junior College Leagues in the U.S. Yet, the Jayhawks recruit very little from that League. I think I would be doing my best to befriend the HC at Butler, Hutchinson, etc...............

So, it doesn't look like Jayhawks will be getting future players from Pierce Community College or the State of California Junior College Schools in the coming seasons.

Jim Jackson 5 years, 7 months ago

They have been hitting the backyard hard as of recent is what I am being told. FYI, a few of the guys named above are from KS JUCOs.

Terry N Tom Denner 5 years, 7 months ago

KU is doing nothing different than what KST is and has been doing for years. Get a winning season and Bowl game and the better recruits will follow.

Michael Maris 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, 2 of the kids that are with KU were at KU before. So, they came back (DB and RB). But, there's been some kids that the Jayhawks have missed out on (that were DL'men that sure could've helped out in the past). Hutch Juco had 2 DL'men that both ended up going to the SEC to play (Toby Johnson was one of those DL'men).

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Toby was recruited and decided to go elsewhere. You don't get every player you recruit.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Check out the latest class. Quite a few are from CA JC's.

Terry N Tom Denner 5 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Carr, do you ever think maybe they will be the last of that dragging ball & chain or anchor that is holding the rest of the team back. Every ball club that take their chances on Juco kids end up getting burnt by several of them. You can't have your cake and eat it too type of situation with all of them being the player you hoped for. Ease up on Charlie and the new coaches and lets see what they can do for the KU football program this season.

Gene Hart 5 years, 6 months ago

We are trying to turn around a program! When are you going to learn it will take 3-5 years to get those results unless you are able to recruit from the upper echelon of players! We are getting good 3 star player with the occasion 4 star.....given time, we will get 4 star players, with the occasional 5 star, etc. Then the program will take root, until then, be a flipping fan and root for our Jayhawks!

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. We're the only ones that can't get fired or let go, so the least we can do is show support every year regardless of the outcome.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 6 months ago

Answer this question, who would you expect to be a better player, someone who has been around 4 years or someone who has been around 2 years. No s*** TG recruits are better on the field for the most part right now. The majority of the upper classmen on the team are TG recruits and should be further along than freshmen and sophomores in their development.

Terry N Tom Denner 5 years, 6 months ago

Snyder did just so with both Juco and HS recruits. But the answer to your thought of what a joke, Turner Gile's recruits were a joke. How many ran to another school or kicked off when Charlie showed up ?? A bunch !! Why you ask ? They all knew he would make them follow team rules and go to classes and get a good grade with which Turner Gile did not !! Turner Gile and Perkins RUINED KU'S FOOTBALL PROGRAM !! If you like TG then go follow him at where ever he's at. Division ll or lll school.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 6 months ago

Charlie Weis hasn't done that much better. He has one fewer win than Gill, only one Big 12 win, no victories away from Memorial Stadium, has struck out on two star HS QBs, and last year's team was actually worse than the 2012 team despite improving in the win column. Weis was the wrong answer for KU.

Jay Beakum 5 years, 6 months ago

Last years team was NOT worse than 2012.

Jim Jackson 5 years, 6 months ago

He's only been gone 2 seasons; were you really expecting none of the 50 or so players he recruited to be on the 2 deep?

Jay Beakum 5 years, 6 months ago

For Pierce College’s sake, I sure hope MJM proves something over the next couple seasons. It doesn’t look good for them right now.

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