September 16, 2017
Kansas offensive lineman Andru Tovi (77) and Kansas offensive lineman Mesa Ribordy work to push aside Ohio defensive lineman Will Evans (51) and Ohio linebacker Quentin Poling (32) as Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) looks to throw during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
More than a month in advance of spring football, Kansas coaches shared the bad news with their players. Starting center Mesa Ribordy had to retire. It was around that mid-February day when new KU offensive line coach A.J. Ricker sought out Andru Tovi, an eight-game starter at guard for the Jayhawks the previous fall. By Benton Smith
The Kansas football program lost one of its best offensive players this offseason, when starting center Mesa Ribordy was forced to retire from the sport due to a history of concussions. Now that head coach David Beaty, new offensive line coach A.J. Ricker and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham have to find someone on the roster to replace Ribordy, they’re not leaving anything to chance. By Benton Smith