March 14, 2017
A transfer from Alabama, offensive lineman Charles Baldwin sat out the 2016 season at Kansas. This spring, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior right tackle finally gets to practice with the first-stringers on offense, as the Jayhawks begin preparation for the 2017 season.
Kansas right tackle Charles Baldwin told his position coach Zach Yenser before he got to Lawrence the whole recruiting process — being considered a five-star junior college prospect, signing with powerhouse Alabama, etc. — changed his mindset for the worst. “I got a big head about it,” Baldwin admitted to Yenser. Since then, KU coaches see Baldwin maturing. By Benton Smith
Sometimes, if it seems too good to be true, it’s false.
Throughout his first two years coaching the Kansas football team’s offensive linemen, assistant coach Zach Yenser often found himself mixing and matching players at various positions. Sometimes curiosity sparked his tinkering, but often it was fueled by necessity. During recently completed March and April offseason practices, though, the third-year KU assistant got to take a different approach. By Benton Smith
A year ago at this time, Kansas offensive lineman Charles Baldwin was trying to win the starting right tackle job for national powerhouse Alabama. His short-lived stay in Tuscaloosa, Ala., didn’t go as the Windsor, Conn., native originally envisioned, but Baldwin said he learned a lot about discipline, work ethic and football over the course of his few months there before starting over at KU. By Benton Smith