Monday, January 7, 2019
In the final season before head coach Les Miles took over the Kansas football program, 27 different players on the 2018 roster finished the season eligible to use the year as a redshirt season.
According to KU, as the Jayhawks head into 2019, every one of those 27 ended up taking a redshirt. More than half of them (14) were freshmen.
Any member of the team who played in four or fewer games and hadn’t redshirted in a previous season was eligible to do so.
Now Miles and his staff will have an extra year to work with a large group of Jayhawks who either weren’t ready to contribute this past season, or were held out of competition in the latter stages of the schedule in order to preserve the possibility of an extra year of eligibility.
Here is a rundown of the KU players who were awarded redshirts, with the number of games in which each appeared listed in parentheses.
• Kenny Bastida, fr. LB (4) — A three-star linebacker from Deerfield Beach High (Fla.), KU used him a little this season on special teams.
• Julian Chandler, jr. CB (4) — In his third season at KU, the corner from Houston played on special teams the first four games of the year.
• Evan Fairs, jr. WR (4) — After making a limited impact in the season’s first four weeks, with two catches for 26 yards, Fairs suffered an undisclosed injury and sat out the rest of the season.
• Davon Ferguson, soph. S (4) — A first-year transfer from Hartnell College (Calif.), Ferguson played here and there during the first half of the season, and even recorded an interception at West Virginia, in what proved to be his final appearance of the year.
• Quan Hampton, soph. WR (4) — Much like Fairs, Hampton entered the year as a promising target in KU’s passing game. And, like Fairs, it never materialized for Hampton as he battled a nagging injury. Hampton caught five passes for 59 yards, with his last appearance coming against Oklahoma State.
• Elijah Jones, jr. CB (4) — Another junior college transfer, Jones played sparingly in his first year at KU, making two tackles and breaking up a pass.
• Miles Kendrick, soph. QB (4) — Kendrick’s usage went from every game to non-existent after he suffered a shoulder injury Week 4 at Baylor. Beaty stated before the season began that Kendrick would play every week, but that plan changed mid-season, even though the backup QB was deemed healthy enough to play. In four appearances, the transfer from College of San Mateo (Calif.) completed 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a TD.
• Reuben Lewis, jr. OL (1) — In his first season at KU after transferring from Coffeyville Community College, Lewis only played on special teams in Week 2 versus Rutgers.
• Jacobi Lott, fr. OL (0) — During preseason camp, the true freshman lineman from Amarillo, Texas, suffered a season-ending injury.
• Ryan Malbrough, fr. RB (1) — A true freshman from Cecilia, La., Malbrough’s only appearance came in the late stages of KU’s Week 2 dismantling of lowly Rutgers. Malbrough ran the ball three times for 10 yards.
• Api Mane, jr. OL (3) — During the non-conference portion of the schedule, Mane picked up steady in-game reps at guard and on special teams. But Kendrick’s one-time San Mateo teammate didn’t play in KU’s final nine games.
• Kyle Mayberry, jr. CB (3) — A three-star prospect in the Class of 2016 from Tulsa, Okla., Mayberry started five games for KU in 2017, as a sophomore. But he only played in three this year. Mayberry suffered an injury in September and would only go on to play in the opener and the season’s final two games. He recorded three tackles and broke up a pass at Oklahoma.
• Jalan Robinson, fr. OL (0) — The hometown freshman from Lawrence’s Free State High did not play during his first year as a college athlete.
• Nick Williams, fr. OL (0) — After enrolling at KU early, for the spring semester, Williams, a 6-foot-8 freshman offensive lineman from Overland, Mo., didn’t appear in any games.
Other redshirt players for KU in 2018:
• Nate Betts, jr. S (0)
• Mac Copeland, fr. OL (0)
• Nick Channel, fr. LB (0)
• Dylan Freberg, fr. TE (0)
• Logan Klusman, jr. LS (0)
• John Lillig, fr. LB (0)
• Adagio Lopeti, jr. OL (0)
• Billy Maples, fr. QB (0)
• Cody McNerney, fr. S (0)
• D’Juan Moore, soph. CB (0)
• Jack Murphy, fr. OL (0)
• Jack Parks, fr. TE (0)
• Spencer Roe, fr. DT (0)