Two players leave Kansas football program; Jake Heaps’ status unchanged

05/13/2014 2:06 PM

05/13/2014 11:09 PM

Names keep disappearing from the Kansas football roster, but one rather prominent one remains.

Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon are no longer with the program after being dropped from the roster on the KU Athletics website, but quarterback Jake Heaps, the subject of transfer reports, is still listed on the team.

In late April, both ESPN and a reporter at Utah-based KOAL radio reported that Heaps was transferring from Kansas after one season. But Kansas coach Charlie Weis, through a KU official, responded to those reports, saying that Heaps was in a team meeting the same day. Kansas and Heaps have remained quiet during the final weeks of the spring semester, and a KU official said Tuesday that Heaps’ status was unchanged.

Faifili, a junior-college transfer from American River College in Sacramento, Calif., missed most of last season because of an undisclosed injury. Hollomon was a junior-college transfer from Pierce College, the same school that produced defensive end Marquel Combs and linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore, both members of last year’s junior-college class. Combs left the program last fall, while Jenkins-Moore took a medical redshirt.

A Kansas football official confirmed that Faifili and Hollomon were removed from the roster but had no official comment about their departures.

Faifili and Hollomon join receiver Ish Hyman and defensive lineman Ty McKinney as players who have left the program in recent months. KU said receiver Mark Thomas, who is also not on the roster, remains suspended indefinitely after being arrested in late March in connection with an alleged sexual battery. The case is still under investigation.

Preview parties

Weis will be in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday for a stop in the 2014 Kansas Football Preview Party. Weis and Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger will attend a happy hour event at the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park. The event, which is free to attend, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Weis is expected to address the crowd and preview the 2014 season.

The preview tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. today with a Happy Hour event at the Sixth Avenue Ballroom in Topeka.


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