Most of the players on the Wildcats’ two deep were predictable, such as Jake Waters starting at quarterback and Tyler Lockett starting at wide receiver, but there were a few surprises. Sophomore Deante Burton will make his first college start at receiver when the Wildcats open the season against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night.
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In a utopian world, Charlie Weis would prefer to be playing on college football’s opening weekend. But given Kansas’ current reality — including season-ending injuries to two senior running backs — Weis is suddenly thankful for the week-one bye on the Jayhawks’ schedule.
Kansas signee Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who signed with KU in May, will not be arriving on campus until at least the second week of September because of his national team duties for Ukraine in the FIBA World Cup of basketball.
After one game, the Kansas women’s soccer team can’t play at its new facility in the multi-million-dollar Rock Chalk Park because of poor conditions on the grass field. KU athletics officials say an usually mild summer contributed to the poor conditions.
Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-6 guard, has made Ukraine’s final roster cut before the FIBA World Cup, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in Spain. Mykhailiuk, 17, will be among the youngest players in the tournament, which was formerly known as the FIBA World Championships until this year.
Ben Heeney is a senior linebacker for the Kansas Jayhawks, and he just might be the best linebacker in the Big 12. But this is Kansas football, and this is 2014, so Heeney is still a largely unheralded quantity outside the confines of his own campus.
Standing near a stage at Corinth Square in Prairie Village on Friday night, the KU head coach laid out, in rather clear terms, what his players expect out of the 2014 football season: “Our players expect to be playing in December.”