November 19, 2016
Kansas' Keith Loneker Jr. lines up across from Texas quarterback Shane Buechele and running back D'Onta Foreman during the first quarter of the Jayhawks' 24-21 win over the Longhorns on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.
As his father was dying, Kansas junior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. took a break from summer conditioning to be with him. Upon Loneker’s return, head coach David Beaty took him aside.
It almost didn’t make sense to David Beaty. Sure, Texas kept handing the ball off to its massive junior running back D’Onta Foreman — the Kansas football head coach expected that much. What amazed Beaty this past weekend was how often Foreman’s carries ended with Keith Loneker Jr., KU’s would-be backup linebacker, bringing the nation’s leading rusher to the ground. By Benton Smith