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Friday, December 3, 2021

Kenny Logan Jr. will be ‘back for more’ as a KU football senior in 2022

Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. (1) celebrates a fumble recovery by the Jayhawks during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. (1) celebrates a fumble recovery by the Jayhawks during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

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Anyone worried about the future plans of Kansas football safety Kenny Logan Jr. got some reassurance on Thursday, when the defensive back from St. Augustine, Fla., announced he’s not going anywhere.

The KU defense’s — and the entire Big 12’s — leading tackler (113) in 2021, Logan took to social media to inform the public of his plans to be “back for more” with head coach Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks in 2022.

“I appreciate all of the support from Jayhawk nation this year,” Logan wrote, in a graphic he posted to Twitter. “Our team is already focused on the 2022 season and continuing to build this program to the standard you all deserve. We made progress this year, but the work is just beginning with Coach Leipold and my teammates. I’m proud to be a part of this program and am hungrier than ever for success. Rock chalk!”

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Kansas safety Kenny Logan Jr. (1) drives South Dakota quarterback Carson Camp (18) to the ground during the third quarter on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Named a second-team All-Big 12 defensive back by the league’s coaches following his junior season, Logan’s message to KU’s fans signaled he once again has no intentions of using the transfer portal to finish out his career elsewhere.

Following KU’s winless 2020 season and a mid-spring coaching staff overhaul, some of the Jayhawks’ top young defensive players — cornerback Karon Prunty, defensive end Marcus Harris and defensive tackle Da’Jon Terry — left the program.

But Logan stuck around, and has spoken on numerous occasions over the past several months about why he wanted to keep playing for the Jayhawks when he didn’t have to.

“I felt like once I started something I had to finish it,” Logan said this past summer on the subject. “It was definitely a thought process, but after sitting down with Coach Leipold and just understanding and hearing him out and just seeing the vision that he had for us, I felt like it was my best option to stay here and continue what I started.”

Throughout the 2021 season, Logan proved to be one of the defense’s most important players. As of the conclusion of the regular season, Logan’s 79 solo tackles rank third in the nation among all FBS players. Per KU, the junior safety is the only FBS player with at least 110 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and four tackles for loss.

KU finished Leipold’s first season in charge with a 2-10 overall record and 1-8 mark in the Big 12, but showed signs of improvement in the final three weeks of the season, with an overtime win at Texas and a pair of one-score defeats.

In 2022, Logan is expected to once agin be a team leader, this time within a rising senior class that includes linebackers Rich Miller and Gavin Potter, center Mike Novitsky and tight end Mason Fairchild.

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Comments

Benny Armstrong 8 months, 1 week ago

Considering the one-time free transfer rule basically requires coaches to re-recruit their own team in the offseason, this is a huge win for the coaching staff to keep Logan for his senior year. Such a joy to watch on the field and so glad he is representing the team and university. Rock Chalk!

Andy Godwin 8 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful news. KU needs a team full of Kenny Logan-type players. Rock Chalk.

Doug Roberts 8 months, 1 week ago

I HATE the transfer portal. It should only be available if a coach leaves the program or is fired.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 1 week ago

Great news.

It’s also interesting to look at the portal to see teams with multiple players. Besides VG, we also lost a walkon WR I think.

One of the encouraging comments about Coach Leipold after he was hired was his leadership; that he related to others so they were motivated to follow. I’m looking forward to what players will be wanting to follow from the portal. In spite of the 3 we lost, and significant losses they were, I still think the post-hiring transfer process was a net positive for us.

Glen Miller 8 months, 1 week ago

I'm glad Logan is sticking around, I am a big fan of loyalty and this kid has it in spades. I hope he has such a good year next season that he not only wins Big 12 honors, but All-American as well. He plays with such passion and an edge and I love it!! Rock Chalk

Jim Stauffer 8 months, 1 week ago

Certainly the heart and soul of the team.

Brian Skelly 8 months, 1 week ago

The news rules really do make it so Coaches have to keep recruiting their own kids. This will be paramount if KU is to start making actual strides in its performance.

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