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Quan Hampton potential spark for Kansas offense

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Kansas wide receiver Quan Hampton (6) jumps in the air to catch a pass between defender during the Jayhawks game against Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium. When Hampton landed CMU defenders stripped him of the ball and were awarded an interception call.

Kansas wide receiver Quan Hampton (6) jumps in the air to catch a pass between defender during the Jayhawks game against Central Michigan Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium. When Hampton landed CMU defenders stripped him of the ball and were awarded an interception call. by Mike Yoder

He didn’t post loud statistics during his freshman season and suffered an injury that took him off the field for half the season, so it’s easy to overlook Quan Hampton when listing potential playmakers for a Kansas football offense that has been stuck in neutral for several years.

Yet, something about the way he moved when healthy indicated he had potential to develop into an exciting playmaker. Hampton showed speed, quickness and agility on his way to 21 catches for 145 yards (just a 6.9-yard average) as a true freshman last season.

In the second game of his college career, Hampton had six receptions for 67 yards, one rush for 13 yards and 22-yard kick return in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan.

His favorite play came that week.

“It came on a corner route,” Hampton said. “I showed people I could jump.”

Listed at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Hampton acknowledged he’s closer to 5-7, but the former high school basketball player added that his height doesn’t prevent him from dunking. He is the one throwing it down with back to the basket during warmups here:

“I was a junior in high school the last time I had my vertical measured,” Hampton said. “It was 40 inches.”

Hampton started in the slot the first six games of last season and will compete again for one of the starting inside receiver positions. He also is in the mix as a return man for punts and kickoffs.

“I got injured halfway through the season, so I wasn’t able to keep on playing but I feel like the experience that I got when I did play I learned a lot from and it will carry over to this season,” Hampton said.

An extra year in the weight room will enable him to get more of the 50-50 balls that he was able to gain possession of a year ago.

Comments

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months, 1 week ago

Hey Tom did you clear the subject of your article with Bryson? Send him an advanced copy to make sure that it was to HIS satisfaction? Or are the articles about Beaty the only ones he B****es about?

Bryson Stricker 2 months, 1 week ago

God forbid somebody asks the writers on this site to provide us with something besides how bad our coach is.. this was a quality article and is far better than the stuff he's been slinging recently. Same with Benton's article today, I have no problem with them talking about how bad they are, I just prefer something that provides insight we didn't already know by attending games last fall.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months, 1 week ago

You know what Bryson if the poll showed Beaty ranked as the 20th best coach youd bitch that Tom, Benton etc just glossed over his accomplishments or left things out of the article to make Beaty look bad. Because that's all you do, complain about everything written.

Bryson Stricker 2 months, 1 week ago

If I complain about everything written......... what do you do about KUFB LMFAO

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months, 1 week ago

Wow Bryson you really put me in my place what do I know about KU football what do you know you think you're so smart all you do is come on this site and complain about everything written because they didn't kiss Beatys ass like you do. You're such a hump nobody cares what you think you're such a sad sack a grown man living his life through Kansas football just because you think you get E mails and text messages from the coaching staff or whatever making you think you are special. Me a break you sad sack. Have you started sending out emails to the new prospective coaches Bryson so you can get the ass-kissing started early let him know who you that you're the number one kiss ass Kansas fan.

Bryson Stricker 2 months, 1 week ago

Jesus Christ you can't read dude.

I used an analogy, have you heard of those?

I said if I complain about everything written, what do you do about KUFB? All you do is complain about Beaty and the things he does. and you do that with no blood in the water.

You aren't an alum, aren't a donor, aren't a williams fund member & aren't a season ticket holder. You are more than entitled to be a fan but sitting here complaining with no blood in the water is like talking to a wall. The AD couldn't care less about you.

John Fitzgerald 2 months, 1 week ago

We definitely need guys like Quan, Takulve and Charlot to step up on offense, but I'd really like some of the OL to show some big time development and step up. Because lets be honest, if they don't show up, nobody is gonna show up. I think Reuben Lewis could turn out to be a stud though.

https://hawkjock.com/2018/05/08/new-incoming-impact-player-4-reuben-lewis/

Maybe he could be the missing OL piece to this team that will allow guys like Quan and such to really kick it up a notch.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 months, 1 week ago

Do you know who we need to step up. THE OFFENSIVE LINE. Some how give our qbs more than half a second to get the ball out before they are creamed. I know with injuries, retirement due to injuries, playing out of position or just general inexperience at this level some how some way the o line has to be better. How? I don't know.

Mike Bennett 2 months, 1 week ago

It's on the O-line, OL, OL and OL to get the job done. It's not the QB or RB's. Still not sure about all the midget receivers we have on the team.

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