Originally published April 4, 2018 at 04:01p.m., updated April 4, 2018 at 05:47p.m.

Former starting C Mesa Ribordy among players no longer with KU football

Kansas redshirt sophomore center Mesa Ribordy (69) gets set at the line during the third quarter against Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas redshirt sophomore center Mesa Ribordy (69) gets set at the line during the third quarter against Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.


The Kansas football program made its 2018 roster public for the first time Wednesday.

While the register of names, heights, weights and more unveiled what jersey numbers the Jayhawks will wear for spring practices and fall games this year, it also revealed the absence of one critical member of the 2017 team and a handful of others who had eligibility remaining.

The name of center Mesa Ribordy did not appear on the new roster. Ribordy anchored KU’s offensive line as a sophomore, starting 10 of 12 games. In the two games Ribordy missed, the Jayhawks suffered back-to-back blowout shutouts at Iowa State and TCU.

A team official said an undisclosed medical condition forced Ribordy away from competition.

The same was true of three other Jayhawks: defensive end Isaiah Bean, safety Antonio Cole and cornerback Justin Williams.

Bean, also a sophomore a year ago, had a chance to be a key member of the defensive line this in the months ahead, with D-end Dorance Armstrong Jr. leaving the program a year early to enter the NFL Draft.

Cole played sparingly as a junior in 2017. A redshirt sophomore a year ago, Williams didn’t appear in a game.

Head coach David Beaty will have his first media session of spring football on Thursday.

More roster subtractions

The 2018 roster also lacked the names of five other Jayhawks from the previous season: cornerback Ian Peterson, a redshirt freshman this past fall; Kashe Boatner, who was a freshman linebacker; Lucas Jacobs, previously a redshirt freshman offensive lineman; tight end Moses Marshall IV, who had transferred to KU from Erie C.C., as a sophomore; and Ryan Renick, a redshirt freshman reserve tight end in 2017.

All have left the program.

New additions

Conversely, KU’s latest list of players included four new names:

Damon Jackson, a 6-foot, 192-pound sophomore linebacker who played previously at Central Missouri State.

Nate Betts, a 6-1, 205-pound junior safety, formerly of Blinn Junior College (Texas).

D’Juan Moore, a 5-9, 170-pound corner who last played at the same Hartnell College (Calif.) program as fellow juco transfers Jeremiah McCullough and Davon Ferguson.

Blaine Boudreaux, a 6-foot, 235-pound freshman linebacker from nearby Mill Valley High, in Shawnee.

Switching it up

A few Jayhawks decided to give different jersey numbers a try this year. Most notably, junior Daylon Charlot went back to his old No. 2 after switching to No. 7 late in the 2017 season.

The switch came with added significance, too, because the former Alabama receiver is back at his original position after being moved to safety this past fall, prompting the initial change in numbers.

None by Benton Smith

More number shifts: sophomore O-lineman Earl Bostick Jr. went from No. 87 to No. 68; junior tight end James Sosinski dropped No. 89 and picked up No. 82; redshirt senior long snapper John Wirtel gave up No. 68 and now wears No. 87; and D-end Sam Burt switched from No. 94 to No. 97.


John Fitzgerald 4 years, 2 months ago

This was expected but it’s still a bummer. Both great players and could have helped us a ton this year. At least Beaty has a good class coming in to make up for it.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

No, he doesn't. This is an epically bad recruiting class for a guy going into his 4th year. Why insist on giving him a break? He's destroyed the program, why is he special?

[''] 4 years, 2 months ago

Why thank you. We're only on practice #4 & we finally get an updated roster. Gee thanks. Don't want to tip off Okie State. Might beat us by 60 instead of 40. I get it.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 2 months ago

[“]. No way in hell you went to KU man. You have gotten to the point that you’re just hating David Beaty. Who gives a flying shi* when they release the roster. You complained he talked too much, now he’s not and you’re still mad.

People like yourself are why I have to defend how great KU fans and KU is. Go bandwagon elsewhere.

Joe Norgay 4 years, 2 months ago

Go back to the Slant where your creepy fanboyism of the football program will be accepted, BryBry.

Robert Brock 4 years, 2 months ago

Athletics Director Doctor Sheahon Zenger is on the glide path to drop football and petition the Big East for admission.

He is relentless!

John Brazelton 4 years, 2 months ago

Let's let the coaches and players at least make it through Spring Football before we start tearing the team down and firing the coaches. If Coach Riker can develop a Big 12 caliber offensive line between Spring Football and Fall Camp, KU will have a respectable season. Tons of fans were ready to dump the KU basketball team after they lost their third AFH game and the team turned it around and became one of best basketball teams in recent years. It's hard to go from the cellar to the penthouse until you have Big 12 caliber players. This season we finally do.

Gary Denning 4 years, 2 months ago

What an awesome comparison! KU's basketball team lost a few games early in the season, but they also beat Kentucky (!), Syracuse, Mizzou, Nebraska, Stanford, UT, TCU, Iowa State, KSU, Texas A&M, and Baylor. And they beat the heck out of the lesser teams they played during preseason. I don't mind you being hopeful for the football team, but come on, let's compare apples with apples.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

First off, thank you Mesa and best to you. You have big things in front of you.

Second, to Benton, good luck with the lemonade this year. Just a reminder, as this will be the last football article I read, you have a journalistic responsibility to hold the millionaires, who have gutted the football program almost beyond recognition, to a standard. There is an accountability for the millions of dollars wasted, the promises unfulfilled, the flat out lies and the overwhelming incompetence.

Every article written about this program should be written with an earned pessimism. The two dimwits in charge of KU football deserve nothing less. And people who have followed this program literally for decades deserve at least that from you.

Be a professional. Do your job.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm not going to hate on Beaty, the football team, or Brett McCabe. You clearly care more about the team than you care to admit, cuz I'm 100% sure this isn't the first time you've said you aren't reading any more articles.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 2 months ago

Good news is you should not be commenting on future articles. Like a bad nightmare going away for the rest of us who love our Jayhawks.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully Charlot is/will be taking all the steps necessary to get on the field this year. He has so much talent and could be a huge contributor.

Best wishes to all the guys who tried to contribute but have since decided to put their efforts elsewhere. Glad to see that Beaty and staff continue to recruit and bring in more players. While many HS and JC players will not have a significant statistical contribution some will so you just have to keep working at it.

Thanks for the update.

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