Friday, December 3, 2010

Future KU football players shine at 6A state

Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard runs Kansas receiver D.J. Beshears out of bounds during the first quarter, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard runs Kansas receiver D.J. Beshears out of bounds during the first quarter, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.


Saturday’s Kansas high school Class 6A state championship game in Topeka featured a heavy dose of future Jayhawks.

State champion Wichita Heights, which was led all season by running back and Kansas University commitment Dreamius Smith, pounded Olathe North, 48-14, at Washburn University.

Smith, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back who committed to KU in March, finished the title game with 286 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 17 carries.

His first TD, a 58-yarder in the first half, got the scoring started. Smith added three more TD runs (10, 30 and 60 yards) in the second half, and Heights avenged a 34-point loss to O-North in the 2009 title game.

Although Wichita Heights dominated from start to finish, Olathe North got its offense on the board thanks to a hook-up from a pair of KU commitments.

Trailing 41-0, North quarterback Victor Simmons hit wide receiver Adonis Saunders with a 79-yard TD pass late in the third quarter.

Simmons, 6-1, 185, orally committed to KU on June 10. Saunders, 5-11, 185, followed with a commitment on Oct. 25.

Simmons and Smith are three-star prospects according to, while Saunders is a two-star guy. The national signing period for high school football recruits begins Feb. 2.

Steele honors Beshears

College football analyst Phil Steele dubbed KU sophomore D.J. Beshears his third-team All-Big 12 kick returner for the 2010 season on Thursday.

Beshears broke a school record in 2010 with 922 yards on 36 kickoff returns.

Earlier in the week, Beshears earned an honorable-mention nod from the Big 12 coaches at the same position.

Briscoe activated by Bucs

Former KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, a sixth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in last April’s NFL Draft, has been activated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Briscoe, who was waived by the Bengals in early September, joined the Bucs a few days later and has spent the season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.

KU LB up for Rudy Award

Kansas junior linebacker Steven Johnson is one of 55 college football players eligible for The College Football Rudy Award, an honor named after the former Notre Dame walk-on whose story was made famous in Hollywood, given annually since 2007 to the player who best brings that “something extra” to his team.

One component of the award is a fan vote.

Johnson started with a bang, receiving as much as 25 percent of the vote in the early going. However, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Johnson’s total was down to one percent.

The voting will run through 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, and the winner will be honored with an academic scholarship to his school in his name and a reception on Jan. 11, 2011 in Dallas.


Ryan Lee 11 years, 7 months ago

Way to go Briscoe. You got it all...just not much speed. Read up on Ed McCaffrey ...constantly torched the chefs. Then get one of those sprint parachutes. I use one in my backyard with shoulder pads on, pants off...neighbors think I'm weird, but f**k it... Root'n for ya Briscoe..

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 7 months ago

Dreamius Smith is the real deal, Jayhawk fans!

Ben Kliewer 11 years, 7 months ago

And...his name is Dreamius...pretty soon we'll have a roster full of Dreamius's and Prinz Kandes...awesome :)

RockChalkJacob 11 years, 7 months ago

Dreamius is a special talent. If he played in TX or FL he'd be a top 100 recruit. I had the pleasure of watching him play Junction City in the playoffs. Though JC held him to I think 118 yds which is still good, he showed great vision and patience not to mention break away speed. Lawrence will love the kid. Also in that game I seen how bad Gil & Co whiffed on OL Jordon McCallister. He looked amazing pancaking, bocking 2 guys at a time, and collapsing the whole D Line. A chunk of the yards Smith had were first half, he had 6 in the second half after McCallister was put on the D Line. After the game Smith and McCallister had a conversation and showed great respect for eachother, too bad they won't be team mates, I hate losing out on a local hidden gem. Not to mention of how he dominated Jordan Phillip sat KU Friday Night Lights. Oh well someone will have a great O or D Lineman. Go Hawks.

Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove 11 years, 7 months ago

RockChalkJacob, McCallister hasn't committed to any school yet and Kansas listed as one of his schools. It might not be too late.

RockChalkJacob 11 years, 7 months ago

Yeah with all the OLine over haul I doubt it daverclear but hey you never know, recruiting is a wild game lol

2Bnamedlater 11 years, 7 months ago

Cmon get to voting on the Rudy award for Johnson, right now Alex Henry, Nebraska's kicker is winning it in the fan voting.

Cmill1221 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh wow. Two 3 star prospects and a 2 star. Wasn't gill Supposec to be some great recruiter. Whatever.

Jared Grillot 11 years, 7 months ago

Gotta be real, a guy who goes to the 6A championship game and rushes almost 300 yards at over 16 yds/carry has got some talent. Will be interesting to see what he can do for our offense.

Layne Pierce 11 years, 7 months ago

Stars don't mean a damn thing. It's god given ability and coaching, and desire. Nobody thought Reesing was any good, and look how that turned out. Fact is speed kills and that is where HCTG is taking us, both offensively and defensively. I don't care how many stars you get, if you're too slow, or you can't tackle, or you can't block somebody your own size.

Let's rejoice, and get ready to move on. Negativity never accomplished anything, it is the ultimate drag.

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