Transfer Combs is likely to redshirt
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
KU defensive tackle Marquel Combs, one of the prized assets of Charlie Weis deep junior-college recruiting class, probably will redshirt this season, Weis said Tuesday.
Combs, who didnt play in KUs first two games, arrived on campus this summer as the top-rated junior-college player in the country, according to ESPNs rankings. Outfitted with a gregarious and charming personality, Combs spent most of the last year touting KUs Dream Team junior-college class on Twitter and other social media. He began camp atop the depth chart at defensive end but was soon passed over by incumbent Kevin Young and switched to defensive tackle.
Combs then slipped below fellow juco transfers Ty McKinney and Tedarian Johnson in the defensive-line pecking order. Weis, meanwhile, said hed always planned on redshirting close to a third of his junior-college class. Andrew Bolton, another junior-college lineman, is redshirting, a move designed to give him more time to recover from a knee injury suffered last season.
McKinney and Johnson, while not as highly rated as Combs, arrived last spring and had the opportunity to participate in spring ball.
Everyone was more enamored with the names, and were more enamored with whats best for the program, Weis said. And in our case, I think McKinney and Tedarian being here a semester earlier has them way ahead, whereas we think Combs and Bolton have huge upsides.
• Its looking more and more likely that senior running back Taylor Cox will take a medical redshirt after battling a nagging hamstring and groin injury during the first two weeks. Cox didnt play Saturday after missing part of the week because of a death in the family, but the hamstring injury continues to be a concern.
From a numbers perspective, the redshirt would make sense. Cox is currently behind senior starter James Sims on the depth chart, and sophomore running back Darrian Miller looked solid in KUs opener against South Dakota. Cox, meanwhile, is the only one of KUs top five running backs with a redshirt year remaining. He played against South Dakota in the Jayhawks opener but would still qualify as a medical redshirt.
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