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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Notebook: Unheralded KU RB Kezelee Flomo ‘a force,’ according to defenders

Kansas running back Kezelee Flomo (30) makes his way up the field after a catch during an open practice on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Kezelee Flomo (30) makes his way up the field after a catch during an open practice on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

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If everything goes according to plan, the Kansas football offense should have an abundance of running backs to deploy this coming fall.

Each of the Jayhawks’ top three rushers from 2017 — Khalil Herbert, Taylor Martin and Dom Williams — return. Plus, KU added four-star Louisiana recruit Anthony “Pooka” Williams to its roster.

An entirely different, unsung running back, though, left an impression on the team’s linebackers during spring practices.

Junior Kezelee Flomo, who played his first two seasons of college football at North Dakota School of Science, surprised some of the players charged with tackling him.

“I remember coming downhill one time and popping him,” senior Keith Loneker Jr. recalled, during a recent appearance on 1320 KLWN’s Rock Chalk Sports Talk, with Nick Schwerdt. “And that dude brought the wood a little bit. I was like, ‘OK. We haven’t seen much of you yet.’ So, yeah, that dude will bring the wood and he’s a hard worker, too.”

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds, Flomo might prove to be the toughest KU running back to bring down to the turf. Sophomore Kyron Johnson likened him to a bowling ball.

“We’re the pins,” Johnson said of defenders. “You see him coming through, it’s best to get out of the way.”

While Johnson described Flomo as cool and funny off the field, he said the running back from Fridley, Minn., takes on a different, business-like persona at practices.

“He is a force to be reckoned with. He is someone who will really run you down into the ground,” Johnson affirmed.

Hampton more confident

Looking back at his true freshman season, KU receiver Quan Hampton realizes now he really had no idea what awaited him playing at the college level.

The 5-8, 178-pound passing target started all six games in which he played, getting “thrown into the fire” in 2017.

“I didn’t really know a lot about defense, and everything was fast to me,” Hampton said. “Now I took the time to learn about all the different types of defenses. So now the game is a lot slower to me. I feel like I’m ahead.”

Though he missed six games due to injury in his debut season, Hampton finished the year with 21 catches and 145 yards.

Player-organized workouts

Every Saturday during the summer the Jayhawks gather for workouts that they both coordinate and lead, in the absence of coaches.

The sessions are officially voluntary, but senior safety Tyrone Miller Jr. said they might as well be mandatory, considering how the players prioritize the workouts.

“People are going to show up on Saturdays,” Miller declared.

The veteran defensive back said maybe one or two players miss each weekend due to a family event or something out of their control.

If someone were to skip the workout without cause, though?

“You’re gonna hear it all day that Monday when you come back in,” Miller said.

Comments

Brian Wilson 4 years ago

we'll see if that translates....but it could end up to be some serious extra effort

Titus Canby 4 years ago

My kind of running back. “You see him coming through, it’s best to get out of the way.”

Lance Cheney 4 years ago

I hope that's not the mindset they have with opposing running backs, haha.

John Strayer 4 years ago

Running backs don't matter if the O line can't open holes...

Gerry Butler 4 years ago

hope their right. - -The only question would be is how much stock do we put into the comments of OUR defensive backs. - Will he be that same way against other big twelve defense's. -- Again he might look like a stud going against OUR defense - lets see how he works against top caliber defense - -I'm hoping he is legit - -would benice

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

Definitely among the coolest names. Would be fun to see him being successful. Might create even more of a feeder program from the smaller Dakota schools. We've got at least a couple now-yes?

Joe Ross 4 years ago

Notebook: Unheralded KU RB Kezelee Flomo 'a force,' according to defenders.

Ummm...asterisk? “...according to KANSAS defenders.”

Mike Hart 4 years ago

Glass is always half empty, Joe... we know.

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