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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Jayhawks LB Dru Prox ‘nicked’ but not expected to be sidelined long

Kansas linebacker Dru Prox chases down Coastal Carolina's CJ Marable Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019.

Kansas linebacker Dru Prox chases down Coastal Carolina's CJ Marable Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019.

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One of the most important defensive players on the Kansas football roster is missing camp reps right now, but the Jayhawks shouldn’t be without Dru Prox for long.

KU coach Les Miles revealed during his Wednesday video press conference that Prox, a senior linebacker, is “a little nicked,” but the staff expects Prox will be back in the mix soon.

An inside linebacker from Kaufman, Texas, Prox was trending toward a breakthrough season in 2019 when he suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury in KU’s Big 12 opener. Prox ended up missing the final eight games on the schedule.

Miles said KU applied for a medical redshirt on Prox’s behalf and between that and the NCAA’s recent decision to grant a blanket waiver that gives fall sports athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coach expects to see much more of Prox in a KU uniform.

“It sounds like to me he may have one or two years,” Miles said. “We’re thrilled.”

In just four games a season ago, Prox, listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, racked up 39 total tackles and two sacks, with a forced fumble.

“We missed him a lot,” outside linebacker Kyron Johnson said of KU playing without Prox for its eight final Big 12 games.

Johnson said it was hard for him to put into words how important Prox is to KU’s defense.

“At the end of the day he’s gonna get healthy and he’s gonna be back playing with us. He is a big factor on the defense, because as you can tell last year, the dude was flying around making all the plays,” Johnson said. “For sure when he comes back he’s gonna be a huge factor on the defense.”

Comments

Brett McCabe 2 years, 1 month ago

Really hope we have a season so that we can watch Dru.

215 for an LB is traditionally light, but some dudes just know how to play.

To help make this possible, and if it does not make you cry or wet your pants or ask your mommy for a pacifier, put a mask on your stupid effing faces. You know, so we can all start living again.

Michael Leiker 2 years, 1 month ago

The difference with and without Prox was night and day last year. Huge to have him back.

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 1 month ago

I love to see these playmakers on the field. I'm excited about the football season. Less than a month away...crossing my fingers.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

Brett - Weren’t you one of the people saying it was stupid and irresponsible to have a season?

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