LAWRENCE Kansas coach David Beaty confirmed that sophomore offensive lineman Joey Bloomfield was retiring from football for health reasons after battling concussion-related issues during his time in the program.
On Wednesday, Beaty announced that Bloomfield was “retiring” from football while remaining in the program in an off-field capacity. On Thursday, the first day of fall camp, Beaty praised Bloomfield for making a tough decision.
“Joey is a great kid,” Beaty said. “My heart goes out to him. I’ve got to give him credit, because he is a very courageous guy.”
Bloomfield became the second Kansas player to retire from football for concussion-related issues this offseason. Linebacker Jake Love previously announced his retirement earlier this summer.
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▪ Beaty did not expand on the departure of sophomore offensive lineman Junior Visinia, a Grandview graduate who started three games last season.
▪ There were a handful of walk-ons with local ties on the updated roster. Linebacker Jacob Davis is a former Wichita Northwest standout who once committed to North Dakota State. Freshman offensive lineman Hunter Saulsbury was a multisport standout at Blue Valley West. Sophomore defensive lineman Jason Nix is the latest Rockhurst product to join the program. In addition, former Blue Valley Southwest offensive lineman Beau Lawrence, former Bishop Miege lineman Jackson Jenkins and former Blue Valley defensive end Mazin Aql also joined the roster as walk-ons.
KU also officially added junior quarterback Deondre Ford, a transfer from Dodge City Community College, and freshman receiver Deante Ford of Missouri City, Texas, to the roster.
Beaty singled out Ford as one of the standouts on the opening day of practice.
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