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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kansas football lands 2016 commitment

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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Three-star, Class of 2016 athlete Marquis Smith orally committed to Kansas University's football program on Saturday, according to JayhawkSlant.com.

Smith, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, played quarterback at Ypsilanti (Michigan) High, but could be headed toward the secondary at Kansas. Known for his toughness, Smith also could factor in as a kick returner.

KU running-backs coach Reggie Mitchell — a Michigan native — and head coach David Beaty teamed up to land Smith, who becomes the sixth player in the 2016 class to commit to the Jayhawks.

He chose KU over offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kent State, Toledo and Western Michigan.

'Program' challenges Jayhawks

It’s not exactly boot camp, but KU's football team has been put to the test during the past couple of days with the arrival of the training regimen known as The Program.

The training challenge, a two-day event that several other KU athletic teams have taken on in the past, tests mental toughness, physical strength and perseverance in a similar but much less intense way than several military special-forces units are put through.

Included in KU’s week of training were a surprise 4 a.m. wake-up call for an exercise in the swimming pool, tests that involve carrying bodies and objects in adverse conditions and mental challenges that might have proven to be the most draining.

The idea behind The Program was not to exhaust the athletes mentally and physically — though that happened — but to foster a new sense of team and togetherness that the KU coaching staff hopes will benefit the Jayhawks on the field this fall.

Players and coaches alike tweeted their thoughts about the training throughout the week, including head coach David Beaty, who wrote, “Trust is the foundation of building relationships. Tremendous experience having #TheProgram work with our guys.”

Avery to Sam Houston

According to his Twitter account, former Kansas running back Corey Avery, who was dismissed from the team last week for violating team rules this spring, has landed at FCS school Sam Houston State.

Because Sam Houston competes in a lower division than KU, Avery, a sophomore from Dallas, will be eligible to play immediately.

The Huntsville, Texas, university football program was picked as the No. 3 FCS team in the country by Lindy’s college football preview magazine.

Harris, Johnson rep KU

Never afraid to show support for their university, former Jayhawks Chris Harris and Steven Johnson, now with the Denver Broncos, participated in a battle of the conductors of sorts in Denver this week.

A handful of other Broncos, including Texas A&M; standout Von Miller and Tennessee legend Peyton Manning, joined in the competition, which featured the athletes conducting a Colorado symphony through renditions of their school fight songs.

The latest version of “I’m a Jayhawk” featured a smiling Harris and sophisticated-looking Johnson wearing their Bronco jerseys and leading the orchestra with batons.

Comments

Jay Beakum 4 years, 5 months ago

What the hell is wrong with these kids!!? What did Avery do?

Robert Brock 4 years, 5 months ago

Must have been serious if it got him sentenced to Huntsville.

Bville Hawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Probably failed multiple drug tests would be my guess, or not going to class

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

It was persistent enough that it got him and Coleman suspended indefinitely during the spring before finally being booted. That would indicate to me that it wasn't a one time event, but something they were warned about and didn't correct.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

Glad to be getting an athlete with QB experience. Would seem to indicate that he is a leader as well as gifted.

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the program is a good thing. Important to ID the quitters as well as those who won't. Looking forward to being more competitive this year.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 5 months ago

KU won't be more competitive this year. We're already down a starting QB, starting RB, minimal experience and depth at the WR position, defensive captain, and lost 9 starters from last year on defense, and is about 20 players below the scholarship limit.

Throw all that in with the new offense that typically produces some pretty epic blowouts when you don't havre the depth to properly run the offense. This is the offense KU needs to run, but it takes time to get the personnel in place to run the offense and KU simply doesn't have that yet. This season is going to be late 80's, toilet bowl era bad.

Micky Baker 4 years, 5 months ago

I think that some people use the word "competitive" in different contexts.

Context 1:

Players compete on every play even if they lose most of those individual matchups, giving their full effort to fulfill their assignment for a particular play.

Context 2:

Competitive as to showing a respectful margin of victory.

I think these two often get confused due to people's own biases.

There can be other contexts in which it is used as well, but these are the two main contexts I use the term in. In context, they don't mean the same thing necessarily.

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