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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez dismissed from KU football program

Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) tries to shake Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett (22) during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1) tries to shake Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett (22) during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Thought to be one of the Kansas football team’s deepest positions this fall, the Jayhawks’ receiving corps suffered an unexpected blow just days before the start of preseason camp.

KU’s second-leading receiver a year ago, would-be senior LaQuvionte Gonzalez has been dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of team rules, a KU official confirmed to the Journal-World Sunday afternoon.

Third-year head coach David Beaty was not available for comment but is expected to address the situation Tuesday, at a previously scheduled media session.

A fast, 5-foot-10 target within KU’s passing game, as well as a kickoff return threat in 2016, Gonzalez caught 62 passes for 729 yards, contributing three touchdowns on offense. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native averaged 21.5 yards a kick return and scored one touchdown on special teams, too, during his one season suiting up for Kansas, after transferring from Texas A & M.

His game-breaking ability helped Gonzalez, sometimes referenced as “Speedy” by Beaty, account for the team’s two longest scoring plays this past season. In Week 2 of 2016, Gonzalez took a kickoff against Ohio 99 yards for a touchdown. As a receiver, he was partly responsible for the third-longest pass play in Kansas history — a 95-yard TD from Carter Stanley, at Kansas State in the season finale.

Expected to give the Jayhawks’ punt-return team a boost, too, Gonzalez struggled in that facet. He fumbled two punt returns in KU’s home loss to Ohio, then muffed a punt two straight weeks late in the season. He finished the year with -10 yards on six punt returns.

Still, Gonzalez’s multi-purpose ability landed him this summer on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to major college football's most versatile player.

Even with Gonzalez’s departure the receiving group, coached by first-year KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, should remain a strength in 2017. The team’s leading pass-catcher, junior wideout Steven Sims Jr. (72 receptions, 859 yards, seven touchdowns), is back, and should be bolstered by the presence of sophomore Daylon Charlot, a receiver who transferred to Kansas from Alabama.

Coaches see potential in returning receivers such as Chase Harrell, Ryan Schadler, Jeremiah Booker, Tyler Patrick and Bobby Hartzog Jr., as well. Plus Kerr Johnson Jr., a junior college transfer, enrolled in the spring semester, working his way into KU’s rotation, and true freshmen Quan Hampton, Kenyon Tabor, Takulve Williams and Travis Jordan hope to find ways to contribute.

Gonzalez began his college career under Beaty at Texas A & M, where Beaty coached wide receivers from 2012 to 2014. When Gonzalez decided to transfer, his former position coach recruited him again, this time to Kansas.

It is uncertain at this juncture where or if Gonzalez will finish his college football career.

The Jayhawks check in for preseason camp Monday and practice begins Tuesday.

Comments

Brent Held 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I saw this coming, he has shown conduct detrimental to their image in public. Whether it be at pool parties or out at bars. His character is very low.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Do you have any sources for this or was it personal experience? Not saying I don't believe you I'm just curious where the information came from.

Brent Held 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I no longer go there but I have buddies that witnessed it. Off the top of my head, one was at a pool party at the HERE residential apartments. Apparently they reported it to athletics department but there wasn't anyway to investigate it due to lack of surveillance. This was over two months ago and wouldn't have been why he got kicked off though. Just shows it's been an ongoing problem.

Ashwin Rao 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Interesting. I liked his speed, but was not reliable with the ball. I am not sure if it is a big loss. I would rather get reliable hands than fast feet.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I sensed this after the article where Beaty listed all the receivers except Quiv. And then he mentions he forgot about Quiv because the other guys have stepped up. At first glance I thought this was a jab at his performance lately. But turns out it must have been more than that. Sucks to lose a guy with this talent, but if we were going to lose a player WR is where we can afford it. Best of luck to Quiv.

Randy Bombardier 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Wonder if Chase could take up the return role. Speed and size could be a big deal. It would be out of the norm so lets try it!

Frederick Heckel 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Schadler returning KO's and Charlot returning Punts.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I guess we'll have to wait till Tuesday to find out.

Greg Ledom 2 weeks, 4 days ago

He broke team rules but you already know that. I seriously doubt you get more than that at least from a specifics perspective. Not sure he's a loser, but he's obviously made some bad decisions and hopefully ones he'll learn from. Addition by subtraction in this case I think. Rock Chalk!

Dillon Davis 2 weeks, 5 days ago

How many balls did he drop on kickoffs and punt returns? We have a deep receiving corps. And with Daylon Charlot in the mix, I'm not worried at all.

Lance Hobson 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Such a waste of talent. This guy will not contribute one positive thing to our society and has squandered an incredible opportunity.

Eliott Reeder 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Really?!? I mean, maybe you know more about him than I do, but I wouldn't condemn him to a meaningless life without any form of positive impact on society based on getting kicked off a football team.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Incredible opportunity"? An incredible opportunity is playing for a team that can win 10 games or more and play in a New Year's Six bowl game. Playing football at Kansas is an opportunity, but not an incredible one - at least not now it isn't.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Your view of an incredible opportunity is delusional. I bet you blame your failures on the lack of "incredible opportunities." What a fool.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 4 days ago

If you'd spend less time trolling me, you might actually have an "incredible opportunity" to pursue. Screw off.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 4 days ago

You're the biggest troll on here and you look stupid trying to bully people with your ignorant posts.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 4 days ago

I'm always a bit saddened when I read these stories, especially about a guy who has been here and should have it figured out by now.

On the one hand, I look at a young man making mistakes that - virtually guaranteed - will weigh heavily on him for many years. And that regret will start to form on September 2.

On the other hand, I know that these guys are literally "life-coached" from the minute they get here. Everyone in the program tries to help then fly right with daily support and guidance, much more so than the average college student.

As inconsistent as Q was, he was a threat and could have helped us. Let's hope that we end up with an addition by subtraction.

John Brazelton 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Usually, football players get into trouble for repeated failures of drug tests or academics, sometimes just bad attitudes after losing their starting positions. Think of all the 6AM weightlifting sessions he went through where each rep of each exercise is graded for or against you. Think of all the stadium steps and 7 on 7 practice sessions he did since junior high and to give all that up. Even if he lost his starting position, in the Air Raid offense there are enough passes and on-field production opportunities to get back in the good graces of your HC and position coach. So sad!

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