Former Kansas receiver Andrew Parchment rang in the new year by finding his new college football home.
A new year is upon us and one of the craziest sports years in recent memory is now finished. Here’s a quick look back at the biggest events and happenings in the world of KU sports in 2020.
Brandon James was headed toward one of the open concession stands on the west concourse at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on a Saturday afternoon this fall when he thought better of it. The public address announcer for KU football’s home game against Iowa State had just said Kenny Logan Jr., James’ younger brother, was back to receive an Iowa State kickoff. So James, a special teams star in his heyday, stopped in his tracks and turned around to see what his sibling and protégé had in store.
The rise of Kansas cornerback Karon Prunty proved to be one of the few bright spots for KU’s football program in 2020, a year that wrapped up with the Jayhawks’ young defensive standout being named to 247 Sports’ True Freshman All-American team.
Kansas football receivers coach and passing game coordinator Emmett Jones used the same two words to describe his anticipation for the arrival of two of his newest pupils: “can’t wait.” Jones had plenty more to say, too, about Class of 2021 early signees Majik Rector and Kelan Robinson.
Yet another Kansas football senior, tight end Jack Luavasa, is hoping to extend his college career with a different program.
A Kansas football position group that struggled throughout 2020 will have a new assistant coach leading it next year. Head coach Les Miles announced Tuesday he hired Lee Grimes to coach the Jayhawks’ offensive linemen.
Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff proved in 2020 they don’t mind starting freshmen. But it may still be a while before Miles is ready to make any proclamations about how specific members of the Jayhawks’ 2021 signing class could make an impact next year.
Two of the assistants Les Miles hired shortly after becoming the head coach of the Kansas football program are officially coming back for a third year on Miles’ staff.
It was about 10 years ago when Freda McPhail first noticed that her son, Devin Neal, has what it takes to be a leader.
Luke Grimm showed up at the University of Kansas this past summer with reasonable expectations for his freshman year with the football program. What Grimm didn’t know then was his work ethic and some unexpected opportunities would allow him to finish the year as one of the Jayhawks’ most promising receivers.
Mark another name off the list of potential Kansas football players who could return for an extra season. Tight end James Sosinski, like many of the Jayhawks’ 2020 seniors, has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to Monday reports from Rivals and 247 Sports
At a struggling football program such as Kansas, the coaching staff is almost always searching for a No. 1 quarterback. Before the 2021 season kicks off months from now, Les Miles and his assistants figure to get a long look at incoming freshman QB Ben Easters.
The three-day December early signing period wrapped up with a pleasant surprise for the Kansas football program. The Jayhawks’ list of signees grew to 20 on Friday, when Edwin White, a safety from Mobile, Ala., made public for the first time his decision to join KU’s Class of 2021.
While it remains to be seen how many other 2020 seniors do the same, veteran defensive lineman Sam Burt plans to stick around with the Kansas football program for an extra season.