Friday, June 3, 2016

KU wide receiver Darious Crawley leaving the program

Kansas wide receiver Darious Crawley (12) eyes the ball as Texas defensive back Holton Hill (5) swoops in to bat it away during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Kansas wide receiver Darious Crawley (12) eyes the ball as Texas defensive back Holton Hill (5) swoops in to bat it away during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.


Second-year Kansas University wide receiver Darious Crawley on Thursday announced on Twitter that he was leaving the program.

The former three-star prospect from Cypress Ridge High in Houston appeared in 15 games during his two seasons with the Jayhawks and spent time at both wide receiver and running back.

Crawley’s 244 receiving yards during the 2015 season ranked fourth on the team and his 18 catches ranked fifth. He also tied for second on the team with two receiving touchdowns. Crawley played in the first 10 games of the 2015 season and did not play in the final two.

Crawley, who was on KU's two-deep depth chart most of last season, spent the bulk of his KU career battling in a logjam at a deep position, and never was able to consistently separate himself from the rest of the pack. With KU’s top returning wideouts all younger than Crawley and second-year head coach David Beaty continuing to add receivers to the roster, playing at a crowded position may have contributed to Crawley’s decision to leave the program.

On his way out the door, however, the former Houston standout complimented the KU program and spoke highly of his time in Lawrence with a goodbye note titled “Once a Jayhawk, Always a Jayhawk.”

The Tweet has since been removed and Crawley still appears on the KU roster, but he’s back home in Houston and will not return. KU likely will update its roster next week after the remaining Class of 2016 freshmen report to campus this weekend.

Crawley's departure serves as another blow to KU's overall roster number, which has slowly improved but still remains below the maximum of 85 scholarship players allowed and behind the rest of the Big 12. But it also comes at the right position, given KU's depth and talent at wideout and the number of already-committed Class of 2017 prospects expected to join the Jayhawks next February.

Here's a list of the returning receivers who will be asked to help account for Crawley's production:

• LaQuvionte Gonzalez, jr.

• Steven Sims, soph.

• Jeremiah Booker, soph.

• Tyler Patrick, soph.

• Bobby Hartzog, jr.

• Emmanuel Moore, soph.

• Shakiem Barbel, sr.

• Austin Moses, sr.

• Chase Harrell, rs-fr.

• Keegan Brewer, fr.


Michael Maris 5 years, 4 months ago

Darious Crawley thank you for your time and commitment to the Jayhawks Football Program. Good luck in all of your future athletic and career endeavors. ROCK CHALK!

Brett McCabe 5 years, 4 months ago

Best of luck. Hope you find the right fit and enjoy the balance of your collegiate career.

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 4 months ago

I don't profess to know a lot about football, except that I love to watch it. I would say that we haven't been overly deep in the WR position, and if the guy could catch and was versatile in the running back position, he will be a loss to our roster, especially as we transition more and more to the aerial attack. I don't think you could be too deep at WR, when you are trying to get 3-4 receivers on the field at each snap of the game (offensive).

In other words we will miss this Jayhawk.

Matt Tait 5 years, 4 months ago

That's pretty well said and you could be right on the money, but Crawley's departure will definitely give those other young guys even more of a chance to step to the front of the pack and, with three WRs already committed in 2017, there are reinforcements coming.

Crawley's a good player and a hard-working dude. For whatever reason, it just never fully clicked here for him and who knows if it ever would have.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 4 months ago

Always sad to see a good player leave the program but also understand he needs to do what he sees as best for himself. Therefore I wish him the best in his future and thank him for his time at KU. Good luck to you, Darius Crawley.

Micky Baker 5 years, 4 months ago

We have quite a young stable of WRs right now, not that Crawley wasn't a valuable part of that. He has to do what is best for him as would most anyone here would do. There are some solid commitments for 2017 and we got one of the fastest dudes in the Big 12 for sure in Gonzalez and maybe one of the fastest in the country for 2 years I believe. I look for significant contributions from Patrick, Gonzalez, Booker, and Hartzog this year which will take some pressure off the other guys and give them more of an incentive to work hard.

If things continue to show signs of improvement in recruiting, then the future is looking brighter, but it isn't going to all happen at once. Given what Beaty took over, it's going to be at least 4 full seasons to see a chance of going bowling... I hope its sooner but I'm looking forward to seeing these guys develop over the next couple of years.

Jason Musick 5 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand why Kansas Football does not go after any Division 2 Football All Americans. They need to turn their program around fast.

Lance Cheney 5 years, 4 months ago

Ah, the ol' Charlie Weis approach. That worked pretty well.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 4 months ago

While Darius is obviously entitled to his decisions, it does seem a little odd. It's understandable when a player couldn't see the court at KU, dook, UK, ... and transfers, but is there really much hope of playing football anywhere else without paying?

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