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Sunday, July 15, 2018

RB Taylor Martin 1 of 4 players to leave KU football

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) runs in a touchdown during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) runs in a touchdown during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

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The Kansas football program published its 2018 media guide just in time for this week’s Big 12 Media Days, in Frisco, Texas.

The unveil revealed the departure of some Jayhawks who were still with the program as recently as the spring semester.

A would-be senior running back, Taylor Martin left the team after three seasons of contributing to KU’s rushing attack.

Martin, a 5-foot-10 back from Fort Worth, Texas, finished 2017 as KU’s second-leading rusher, with 286 yards and three touchdowns.

While a KU official could not disclose the reason for Martin leaving, two other members of the offense had to give up the sport due to medical reasons.

Another would-be senior, offensive lineman Jacob Bragg, can no longer play football. Neither can tight end Kenyon Tabor, who would have been a redshirt freshman.

One of KU’s top signees in its 2017 recruiting class, Tabor took a medical redshirt this past season and his future remained in limbo in the spring, as the 6-4 passing target from Derby sought out medical experts while dealing with severe back issues.

Bragg, a 6-4 lineman from Nacogdoches, Texas, started eight games over the course of the past three seasons and moonlighted as a fullback for a brief time in 2017.

Fullback Quinton McQuillan also left KU football.

Comments

John Fitzgerald 3 months ago

Kenyon Tabor had NFL talent. Feel horrible for the guy.

Clarence Haynes 3 months ago

Attrition of football players appear to be significant.

Dirk Medema 3 months ago

My guess is Taylor saw the underclassmen getting his carries. The talent level has increased with each recruiting class.

The biggest downside is with the depth, especially when there are injuries during the season.

The posted roster only has 100 players listed, including Taylor and Kenyon.

Brian Wilson 3 months ago

Dirk, I am glad you said "The talent level has increased with each recruiting class." That is so true. Beatty's first year was horrible. All we signed were leftovers. But the current Junior Class, his second year recruiting class is pretty good. And now they have developed to the point we finally have a little bit of depth at most positions. The Senior Class has now been filled with JC and transfer talent. To do that our incoming Freshman class is weak. I am hoping that Beatty can turn this program around. IMO, Beatty has done what he was hired to do. KU finally has a roster with some talent and depth.

Bryson Stricker 3 months ago

Kenyon - serious injury, he will do well in life

Martin - left over a month ago, wants to be closer to family per Beaty today

Bragg - Injury

Jason Spangler 3 months ago

Damn, Beaty and this program are Dead Men Walkin.

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