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Louis Nix, III heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/83 - Louis Nix III, NT, 6-2, 330, Notre Dame...General manager Rick Smith gave fourth- and fifth-round picks to Philadelphia to move back into the third round to get Nix, who should fill a big hole in the middle of the defensive line. Nix has to keep his weight under control if he wants to be more than a run-down player. - The Sports Xchange
Darrell Stuckey heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; KR: 3-53-17.7-0; 60 Sol-98 TT, 4.5 TFL, 5 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; KU's lone All-Big 12 First Team selection by league coaches…All-Big 12 First Team by the Associated Press… Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Missouri, which included a team-high tying six tackles, two interceptions, as well as a forced and recovered fumble… Was named as a Big 12 Community of Champions member and is one of KU's most active community service players… Earned Bruce Kallmeyer Special Teams Player of the Year, Iron Hawk Weight Room Award, and co-Nolan Cromwell Leadership Award with QB Todd Reesing… Tied for 28th in the NCAA in interceptions (0.38 per game) and tied for 56th in passes defended (0.92 per game)… Ranked second on the team in tackles with 98, the most by a Jayhawk defensive back since 2003… Led the team with five interceptions. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 39 Sol-72 TT, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 6 PBU, 2 FR; Honorable Mention All--Big 12. 2006: 7 GP; 4 GS; 19 Sol-32 TT, 1 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FR; Missed the first five games of the season due to injury, but earned a starting nod for the final four contests of the year. 2005: Redshirted… Operated in the scout team secondary.
Ben Heeney heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 5/140 -- Ben Heeney, LB, 6-0, 231, Kansas...Heeney, an All-Big 12 performer for the Jayhawks, had a nose for the ball and led his team in tackles. He started as an inside linebacker, but as a former prep standout running back, has good athleticism and can play outside as well and on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
JaCorey Shepherd heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' six picks: Round 6/191 - JaCorey Shepherd, CB, 5-11, 199, Kansas...Shepherd converted from wide receiver to corner after his freshman season. He also returned kickoffs for the Jayhawks. He has excellent ball skills. Too soon to guess on his roster chances. - The Sports Xchange
Brad Thorson heading into Sr season: 2009: Named Academic All-Big 12 First Team... Named team's top offensive lineman at the end of the season... Started all 12 games on the season... Started the first eight contests at left guard before manning the right tackle spot for the last four games...2008: Was the backup center after transferring from Wisconsin... Saw action on special teams...2007: At Wisconsin: Redshirted the 2006 season before seeing playing time at center in the 2007 campaign...2006: Redshirted at Wisconsin.
Tanner Hawkinson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 5/156 - Tanner Hawkinson, OL, 6-5, 298, Kansas...He is a converted tight end who played tackle with the Jayhawks. He has all the athleticism to play in the NFL, but must get stronger. He will learn every spot on the offensive line here including center. - The Sports Xchange
Todd Reesing heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2007: Ranked 14th in the NCAA and fourth in the Big 12 in passing efficiency (148.82), ranked 26th in the NCAA and fourth in the Big 12 in total offense (283.31)… Also ranked 11th nationally in points responsible for (16.62), 20th in passing yards (268.15) and 33rd in completions (21.23)… Set a number of school records (listed below)… Started all 13 games at quarterback… Threw for a school record 3,486 yards and a school mark 33 touchdowns, while hitting 61.9 percent of his attempts… Threw only seven interceptions on the year… Was the team's third-leading rusher with 197 yards and three scores…2006: Came off the bench to participate in three games, seeing action against Colorado, Iowa State and Missouri… Completed 14 of 24 passes and threw three touchdowns on the year… Averaged 8.2 yards per carry on 13 attempts including a season-long 63-yarder against Colorado…Brother plays baseball at Purdue.
James Holt heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 54 Sol-99 TT, 13 TFL, 2 SK, 4 PBU, 1 QBH; Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Ranked 11th in the Big 12 in tackles per game (7.62)… Ranked sixth in the Big 12 and tied for 90th in the NCAA in tackles for loss per game (1.00)… Started all 13 games at one of the outside linebacker positions… Finished second on the team in tackles with 99… His 13 tackles for loss were also second on the team... 2006: 8 GP; 3 GS; 20 Sol-29 TT, 2 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 QBH; Missed first four games with a foot injury. Played in eight games and made three starts... Collected 29 total tackles including 20 solo stops... Had two tackles-for-loss and was a part of two pass break-ups... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-6 TT; Saw action in all 12 games... One of three true freshmen to play for the Jayhawks... Ended the season with six total tackles... A standout on several of KU's special teams... Father, Steve McKeaver, played football for the Cincinnati Bengals and at Oklahoma.
Dexter McDonald heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 7/242 -- Dexter McDonald, CB, 6-1, 203, Kansas...Started 24 games in the past two seasons with the Jayhawks and has prototype size (6-1, 200) to be press coverage cornerback in a man-to-man defense. Defended 15 passes as a senior but had a knack for drawing penalties. - The Sports Xchange
Jake Sharp heading into Sr season: 2007: Ranked 12th in the Big 12 and 92nd in the NCAA in rushing (63.15)... Shared time at tailback, carrying 147 times for 821 yards and seven touchdowns on the season... Started the Colorado game... Had double-figure rushing attempts in eight different games... His 821 rushing yards on the year were the most by KU's second-leading rusher since 1975... Averaged 5.6 yards per carry...2006: Played in all 12 games as a running back and on special teams... Carried the ball 21 times for 129 yards... Averaged 6.1 yards per carry...Father played football at Nebraska-Kearney.
Kerry Meier heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 2-(-5)-(-2.5)-0; Pass: 3-3-100-74-1-0; Rec: 97-1045-10.8-8; 1 Sol-1 TT; Was a Biletnikoff Award candidate (one of 10)… Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors… named Associated Press All-Big 12 Honorable Mention… Shared KU's Gale Sayers Most Courageous Player award with Jake Sharp as well as KU's Most Improved Offensive Player with Dezmon Briscoe… Established school season record for receptions with 97 (old mark was 70)… Tied Dezmon Briscoe for the school mark for single-game receptions with 14 vs. Missouri… Had 1,045 yards, the fourth-most in KU history… Also had eight touchdown grabs to tie for third on the KU season list… Tied for sixth in the NCAA with 7.46 receptions per game… His 80.38 yards per game ranked 32nd nationally…10 receptions for 113 yards and a score against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl, also tossed a 32-yard touchdown… Served as the holder on placekicks on the season and was listed as the backup punter. 2007: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 15-78-5.2-1; Pass: 29-25-86.2-275-3-0; Rec: 26-274-10.5-2; P 4-129-32.2, 0 TB, 0 FC, 1 in 20, 0 blocked; Served as the team’s backup quarterback all year long, but moved to wide receiver to get on the field… Saw action in eight games as a quarterback and played in 10 games as a wide receiver… Started five contests at wide receiver when the Jayhawks went to a four wide receiver set on the opening play… Became the first KU player to record a rushing touchdown, passing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same season since Garfield Taylor in 1981… Was on the cover of Sports Illustrated catching a touchdown pass against Iowa State. 2006: 8 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 99-344-3.5-5; Pass: 184-104-56.5-1193-13-10; Played in and started eight games as KU's signal-caller… Named KU's offensive player of the week following the Northwestern State and OSU contests. 2005: Redshirted… Co-winner of the team's Otto Schnellbacher Award, given annually to the Offensive Scout Team MVP. Personal: Three brothers have all played college football, including Shad (Kansas State and the NFL), Adam (Pittsburg State), and Dylan (Kansas State).
Jake Laptad heading into Sr season: 2009: Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the league coaches and Associated Press... Was a Phil Steele All-Big 12 third-team pick... Was named to the Hendricks Award Watch List early in the season... Tabbed as the team's Ray Evans Award winner as the Jayhawks' most valuable defensive player... Started 11 of 12 games at defensive end... Led KU linemen with 49 tackles on the season, a figure which ranked seventh overall on the team... Led the team with 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks... Was credited with six quarterback hurries as well...2008: All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection... Named KU's Most Improved Defensive Player... Started the final six games of the year... Started seven contests overall... Led KU defensive linemen with 38 tackles... His 8.5 tackles for loss were second on the team, while his 7.0 sacks were also second...2007: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman... Saw time at defensive end and recorded 20 tackles on the year... Had 4.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks... The three sacks tied for second on the team.
Mike Rivera heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 40 Sol-96 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Ranked 14th in the Big 12 in tackles per game (7.38)… Tied for 15th in the league in tackles for loss per game (0.81)… Moved to outside linebacker after starting at middle linebacker in 2006… Started all 13 games… Recorded 96 tackles to rank third on the team… Had 10.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks, which tied for second on the team... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 63 Sol-90 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 5 PBU, 8 QBH, 1 FF; Started all 12 games of the season at middle linebacker... Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors from the league's head coaches and from the Associated Press... Named KU's Willie Pless award winner after leading the Jayhawks with 90 total tackles... Finished third on the club with 7.5 tackles-for-loss... Ended the season with 1.5 quarterback sacks and a team-best eight QB hurries... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-20 TT, 1 QBH; Saw action in all 12 games as a backup linebacker and special teams standout... Tallied 20 total tackles including 11 solo stops... Forced one QB hurry...2004: Redshirted.
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