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Thursday, July 9, 2015

D-Lineman Andrew Bolton no longer with KU Football

Kansas University defensive lineman Andrew Bolton stretches during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Jayhawks’ fall camp. Bolton, a juco newcomer, has star potential once he knocks off some rust, according to his coach on the KU defensive line, Buddy Wyatt.

Kansas University defensive lineman Andrew Bolton stretches during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Jayhawks’ fall camp. Bolton, a juco newcomer, has star potential once he knocks off some rust, according to his coach on the KU defensive line, Buddy Wyatt.

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A Kansas University football spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World on Thursdsay that senior defensive lineman Andrew Bolton was no longer with the team.

Bolton, a former junior-college transfer who sat out in 2013 and played in 11 games a season ago, was projected to play a big role for KU's defensive line this season. As one of the few returning D-Linemen with game experience, Bolton's 6-foot-3, 293-pound frame would have served the Jayhawks' well on the interior, where they will be thin after losing most of their beef from 2014 to graduation.

Injured from the outset of his KU career, Bolton never really materialized into the difference-maker many thought he would be coming out of Hinds Community College. Ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star prospect, Bolton chose Kansas over offers from Iowa, LSU and Mississippi State.

He spent much of his first year in Lawrence feeling homesick, and not being able to play while nursing an injury did not help matters.

In 2014, he finished with 16 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, and appeared to get stronger as the season progressed.

Bolton's departure leaves the Jayhawks with unproven returners Kapil Fletcher (6-3, 271), Tyler Holmes (6-3, 273), D.J. Williams (6-5, 289) and Daniel Wise (6-3, 271) at defensive tackle. The most recent recruiting class also included a D-Tackle, as Jacky Dezir, 6-1, 286, reported in time for spring drills.

Senior defensive end T.J. Semke, though undersized at 6-2, 245, also played inside some in KU's previous defensive scheme.

Comments

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 4 months ago

Did he leave because of injuries or other reasons?

Either way, Bolton gone is making an already bleak outlook even bleaker. This season is going to be brutal and show who really is a masochist and watch these games.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 4 months ago

Season tickets ordered AP. I will be one of many (30k crowds hopefully) masochists there to watch. This team will need all the support it can get, and I'll be there to help from a fan perspective. As long as their fighting, playing all out for four quarters and showing improvement (the early Mangino years), I'm all in.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 4 months ago

I am out of state but I will watch every, if any, televised games and closely follow online for the rest simply because someday I want to say I continued to support the team long before they became so good. These guys try hard. They need and deserve our support and will have mine so long as they try hard.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 4 months ago

Just pray they beat SDSU. They do have a pretty good receiver Jake Wieneke.

Glen Miller 5 years, 4 months ago

Do we even have enough players to field a team this year? I mean seriously, we were already scraping the barrel and practically begging kids to walk on...... All these departures are worrisome. I can see some embarrassing scores due to lack of depth and talent unfortunately.

Matt Gauntt 5 years, 4 months ago

Be patient with the new coach. He is going to have a tough time. Even Coach Mangino was 2-10 (wins against SW Missouri State and Tulsa) his first year and was 25-35 through his first five years before the breakout 2007 year. You guys are right, we probably will suck this year and it may be ugly, but hopefully we got the right man at the helm.

Layne Pierce 5 years, 4 months ago

Didn´t we recruit two kids who redshirted last year, Williams and Latrion Jones, something like that?

Len Shaffer 5 years, 4 months ago

Unbelievable. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.

As a diehard fan, I'm probably going to be at the game at Rutgers, hoping they can pull a miracle.

At this point, it looks like one win will be a successful season.

Ashwin Rao 5 years, 4 months ago

Just a couple of days ago, I had asked for updates from the FB front... then I get this... OK, I will stop asking! ;)

Michael Lindsey 5 years, 4 months ago

I bought season tickets and will be there rooting at every game. The team is going to need all the support we fans can muster so there'll be no quit by the players, no matter the score

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 4 months ago

Watching the Hawks is similar to watcing the financial markets crash in '08-'09. Every time you thought a bottom was reached, we fell another 5-10%.

AP - I'm out of town and still bought season tickets and expect to maker every game, so long as they show a spirited fight. Supporting the team in times like this make events like the '07 Orange Bowl much more rewarding. We will find success after this long dark battle and once again sing ... "we're not gonna take it...we're not gonna take it, anymore."

Charlie Gaughn 5 years, 4 months ago

Beaty gets a free pass for the first two years, as long as he doesn't resort to the juco route. Haven't heard from the Weis Groupies in awhile (like since he got canned). Still think his recruiting approach was going to get us to elite status in the Big 12? I'll sit through every dismall minute this year (much like 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). Zenger needs to go!

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 4 months ago

I hope this hard a$$ act doesn't back fire. Seeing all these potential starters disappear is a little discouraging. I guess we'll find out in the next few years.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 4 months ago

Matt - Can you confirm that Goeas & Matlock are not on the team either. There's been no mention of them. While it doesn't hurt as much when a player isn't projected to be a starter it all contributes to the roster hole. I believe that's at least 9 players (almost an entire starting unit) that could have been here, but chose for whatever reason not to be. Fortunately, that's not quite as bad as the 2 previous changes. I believe when the former coach got here, there were 29 recruited players that had left without completing their eligibility. The hole just keeps eroding.

Tracy Bedell 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't know about Goeas but Matlock is in medical school.

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 4 months ago

The key person for the defensive line is not Bolton but rather LaTrion Jones. It will be a much greater loss if he is unable to play. What's the word on him, Matt.

Bolton was not all in with the workouts. He did not want to play badly enough to prepare. You have to let those guys move on.

Lloyd Kinnison 5 years, 4 months ago

Bolton's leaving makes room for a young player who wants to perform and play. Great!

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