Posts tagged with Spring Football

Emmett Jones on KU football scrimmage, his candidacy for coaching vacancy

Kansas football’s interim head coach, Emmett Jones on Saturday met with reporters following the Jayhawks’ first full scrimmage of the spring.

Jones shared his thoughts on the session, as well as his opportunity to be a candidate for the head coaching job on a permanent basis.


Kenny Logan discusses early defensive standouts, his role as a leader

Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. shared his thoughts on the Jayhawks’ first week of spring practices, as well as his personal accomplishments up to this point of his career.

A junior in 2020, Logan also discussed his role on the defense, and which young players have stood out early during this offseason.


Nate Betts explains his move from safety to linebacker

A veteran making a move this spring to a new position, Nate Betts explained following the Jayhawks’ second spring practice what it’s like moving to linebacker.

A super-senior who came back for an extra year, Betts also shared what he likes about the KU defense so far, and what he has seen out of interim head coach Emmett Jones.


Colin Grunhard discusses KU’s offense, O-line and why he transferred to KU

A former walk-on at Notre Dame, Kansas football center Colin Grunhard shared on Thursday some insight on his transition as a graduate transfer joining the Jayhawks this spring.

“Making a change wasn’t easy, but it was something that I was looking forward to,” Grunhard said. “The guys around here made it a lot easier.

Grunhard also shared his thoughts on the offense and how he hopes to make an impact at KU.


KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Impact and Spring Football Recap

There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion.

For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked senior in the Class of 2016, Josh Jackson, announced he’ll play for the Jayhawks next season.

Just what does the addition of such a talent mean for Kansas?

Find out, and get some KU football knowledge, too, on this week’s episode of KU Sports Extra.


Peek inside KU football’s open practice

Take a peek inside the Kansas football team’s 14th practice of the spring, on Tuesday, inside Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks, who practiced in front of fans three days earlier, at their annual spring game, wrap up their offseason allotment of full coaching sessions this week.

KU opens its second season under head coach David Beaty, on Sept. 3, against Rhode Island.


LaQuvionte Gonzalez excited about making KU debut

A transfer from Texas A&M, junior Kansas receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez says Saturday’s spring game festivities at Memorial Stadium kind of felt like a game day to him.

Gonzalez stood out on KU’s offense, snagging six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown during the scrimmage.

“I kind of gave you all I got,” Gonzalez says, before clarifying. “Not really all I got, but I made some plays out there. So, yeah. That’s what you’ll be seeing all year.”

— See what people were saying about Saturday’s spring practice during's live coverage.


Joe Dineen: Brandon Bourbon meant a lot to program

During Joe Dineen’s freshman season playing football at Kansas, a series of injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to running back, a position Dineen hadn’t played before.

One of the Jayhawks who helped Dineen get acclimated at running back was Brandon Bourbon. Dineen, now a junior linebacker, says news of Bourbon’s death shook the entire program.

“For a lot of the guys that were really close to him, I think it was good to kind of get back to something familiar, like football,” Dineen says of KU’s spring game, an open practice which fans could attend at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the day after news of Bourbon’s death became public.

“It’s going to go back to the grieving process,” Dineen adds, “but for the short time being, I think it was good for the guys that were really close to him.”

— See what people were saying about Saturday’s spring practice during's live coverage.


Steven Sims Jr. connected with QBs Ryan Willis and Montell Cozart

Sophomore Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. spent his high school days in Houston lining up in the slot. However, while playing in 11 games and starting six for the Jayhawks in 2015, Sims moved to the outside.

The most difficult part of that transition, Sims says, was facing press coverage.

“Mostly every team in the conference, they press man on the outside receivers,” Sims explains. “Playing slot, I didn’t have to deal with that every play, so that was the biggest change. But coach (Jason) Phillips, we’re working on that every day… I think I’m gonna be ready.”

Steven Sims Jr., who hauled in 30 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman, formed a connection with quarterback Ryan Willis last season, but also says he works well with senior Montell Cozart — the only experienced QB at KU’s spring practices, with Willis sidelined by a wrist injury.


KU receivers run through spring drills

Take a peek inside Thursday’s Kansas spring football practice, as the Jayhawks’ wide receivers run through drills in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium.

Receivers Jeremiah Booker, Bobby Hartzog Jr., Emmanuel Moore, Steven Sims Jr., Shakiem Barbel and Darious Crawley all spent the portion of practice open to the media catching quick passes.

Under the direction of new KU receivers coach Jason Phillips, the receivers, as well the rest of the Jayhawks, will make their first public appearance of 2016 on Saturday, when Kansas has its open practice — labeled as the annual spring game.