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Kansas safety Fish Smithson (9) gets up for an interception before Texas Tech wide receiver Devin Lauderdale (6) during the first quarter on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

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Washington told Fish Smithson before draft's conclusion they wanted him

Safety optimistic about chances with Redskins

Even as Fish Smithson spoke on the phone Saturday with staff members of an NFL franchise, the former Kansas football safety was torn. It was during the seventh and final round of the draft, and a scout and coaches from the Washington Redskins were telling Smithson they were prepared to offer him a deal — given that no other franchise got in their way by taking him with one of the 10 remaining picks. By Benton Smith

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'Proud' Jayhawk Dorance Armstrong now a first-team All-Big 12 defender

AP selects Wise and Smithson for second team

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

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