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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Safety Sam Skwarlo leaves KU football after redshirt season

Former FSHS standout switching back to RB

Free State senior running back Sam Skwarlo (5) outruns Wichita Northwest senior defensive back Justin Onwugbufor (14) on his way to a touchdown during their game Friday night in Wichita.

Free State senior running back Sam Skwarlo (5) outruns Wichita Northwest senior defensive back Justin Onwugbufor (14) on his way to a touchdown during their game Friday night in Wichita.

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After a year of Division I college football in his hometown, former Free State High standout Sam Skwarlo decided to leave the University of Kansas behind in search of a more prominent role.

Now 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds after a redshirt season with the Jayhawks, during which he practiced as a safety, Skwarlo determined in the midst of spring football he missed his days as a running back.

“I wanted to switch to the offensive side and ultimately wanted to play,” Skwarlo told the Journal-World of what inspired him to move on. “I knew KU just wasn’t the right fit for me.”

As a prep senior with the Firebirds, Skwarlo rushed for 1,492 yards and 21 touchdowns. He hopes to revive that type of offensive productivity by transferring to Coffeyville Community College for at least the 2017 season.

Skwarlo said he hopes to use that opportunity to get back to the Division I level — as soon as 2018, if possible — as a running back, H-back or fullback, depending on how his development goes.

The former KU safety plans to get to Coffeyville in June to start training with his new program, after just one season with the Jayhawks.

“I appreciated the opportunity Coach (David) Beaty gave me,” Skwarlo said. “But in the end, it just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.”

Comments

Jim Stauffer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the local kids to stock our roster, but fully understand kids who do not want to spend their prime college years standing on the sideline. They love to play the game and must find a place where they can.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It would be cool to see him beef up and come back as a FB or short yardage back. Love when the local kids succeed.

Randy Bombardier 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hmm. He does not sound like he knew what he wanted to do when he signed on. Thats on him. Its not at all about the right fit. This is just a case where he either was not certain where he wanted to play (position) and signed on before he figured that out. He probably has more potential as safety and heard Bowen tell him so but he just does not see that and does not have the patience to put in his time. Maybe he should think a little more about the academic side. KU or community college? Good grief.

Greg Ledom 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Agree with you in large part Randy, but also think it is about the right fit. He's also still just a kid at probably 19 (maybe 20). I'm sure you didn't have it all figured out at that age. I know I didn't. And if JUCO gets him back to D1, that's not a bad thing. Rock Chalk!!

Randy Bombardier 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Greg, i still dont have it all figured out, although i never changed my major ...but then maybe i should have.

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