October 8, 2016
Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) celebrates with Kansas wide receiver Jeremiah Booker (88) after Armstrong forced a fumble during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.
The secret is out. The University of Kansas is the home of one of the Big 12’s best football players. Despite the program’s longstanding struggles to escape the conference’s basement, the talent of junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. is so great that media voted Armstrong the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. By Benton Smith
Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and his players still have close to six months to get through before the 2017 season officially begins, but it feels much closer than that as of this weekend, with spring practices beginning on Monday. Here are five things to watch as KU enters spring football, a crucial portion of the offseason. By Benton Smith
No, the season didn’t go as well for Kansas football as Dorance Armstrong Jr. would’ve hoped. However, the sophomore defensive end entered the winter offseason encouraged. Now KU’s standout defensive playmaker can realize even further gratification. The Associated Press on Tuesday named Armstrong to its All-Big 12 first team. By Benton Smith
At no point Saturday will Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Jordan Willis take the field at the same time and line up against each other to go one-on-one in the Sunflower Showdown. But Armstrong knows the name and game of Kansas State’s Willis as well as some of the offensive linemen he figures out ways to rush past in pursuit of quarterbacks. By Benton Smith
Dorance Armstrong Jr’s pursuit of opposing quarterbacks makes Big 12 foes respect and fear his ability as an edge rusher. Now the Kansas defensive end’s stellar sophomore season has gained him some national recognition. Armstrong, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Houston, had his name added to the Ted Hendricks Award watch list this week. By Benton Smith
By the time a winless 2015 came to a close for the University of Kansas football team, the program had plenty to address in the offseason. Defensively, coordinator Clint Bowen seemed to have as immense a reclamation project to take on as anyone. Looking back at it now, head coach David Beaty says his defensive leader took the team’s underwhelming performance personally. By Benton Smith