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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Four Jayhawks out for final two KU football games

Kansas wide receiver Jeremiah Booker (88) pulls in a deep pass as he is dragged down during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas wide receiver Jeremiah Booker (88) pulls in a deep pass as he is dragged down during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

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With two games left, the Kansas football team will have to conclude its schedule without four regular contributors.

Head coach David Beaty announced Tuesday junior receivers Tyler Patrick and Jeremiah Booker, as well as freshman receiver Quan Hampton and junior cornerback Shakial Taylor have suffered season-ending injuries.

Patrick, who hurt his left leg Saturday at Texas, is scheduled to have a procedure Wednesday “to help him get back on his feet and ready to go,” Beaty said, adding Patrick, a 6-foot slot receiver from The Woodlands, Texas, is expected to make a full recovery to the undisclosed setback.

The coach revealed Booker, also injured in KU’s 42-27 loss at UT, had a procedure Tuesday morning.

Hampton, meanwhile, who started five games earlier this year after missing the previous three, is scheduled to undergo a procedure, too.

Taylor, who started the first nine games of the season before suffering an injury early in the Jayhawks’ home loss to Baylor, won’t be available the rest of the way.

Beaty, though, stated the staff anticipates having “the other ones” available Saturday against Oklahoma (2:30 p.m., ESPN). KU sophomore safety Mike Lee and junior defensive end Josh Ehambe missed the Texas loss due to injury.

Booker, a junior from College Station, Texas, and a team captain, ranks third on the team with 22 receptions, which led to 287 yards and two touchdowns. Hampton ranks fourth, with 21 catches, to go with 145 yards. Patrick has nine receptions for 111 yards.

Taylor made 22 total tackles in nine starts and broke up three passes.

Comments

John Brazelton 1 week, 2 days ago

Injuries to key players at the wrong time during the season has been KU's main problem all season long. The only good thing is that #2's and #3's are getting on-the-field reps which should help next year with experienced back-ups or new starters.

Brett McCabe 1 week, 2 days ago

Between the injuries and the facilities, KU has no chance of ever winning a football game again. Too bad we have such bad luck, while every other FBS school in the country has shining crystal stadiums and healthy rosters. I guess it's just our curse. #earnit.

Jeff Coffman 1 week, 2 days ago

Our biggest problem is coaching, followed by a poor athletic director. A chancellor that doesn't care about football...

Players getting injured is a problem every team deals with and our list isn't any worse than most big xii teams, it is how they are coached.

Mike Hart 6 days ago

Right. Urban Meyer would be winning with our roster.

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