KU football redshirted 27 players in 2018

Kansas quarterback Miles Kendrick (8) throws behind his offensive line during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

In the final season before head coach Les Miles took over the Kansas football program, 27 different players on the 2018 roster finished the season eligible to use the year as a redshirt season.

According to KU, as the Jayhawks head into 2019, every one of those 27 ended up taking a redshirt. More than half of them (14) were freshmen.

Any member of the team who played in four or fewer games and hadn’t redshirted in a previous season was eligible to do so.

Now Miles and his staff will have an extra year to work with a large group of Jayhawks who either weren’t ready to contribute this past season, or were held out of competition in the latter stages of the schedule in order to preserve the possibility of an extra year of eligibility.

Here is a rundown of the KU players who were awarded redshirts, with the number of games in which each appeared listed in parentheses.

• Kenny Bastida, fr. LB (4) — A three-star linebacker from Deerfield Beach High (Fla.), KU used him a little this season on special teams.

• Julian Chandler, jr. CB (4) — In his third season at KU, the corner from Houston played on special teams the first four games of the year.

• Evan Fairs, jr. WR (4) — After making a limited impact in the season’s first four weeks, with two catches for 26 yards, Fairs suffered an undisclosed injury and sat out the rest of the season.

• Davon Ferguson, soph. S (4) — A first-year transfer from Hartnell College (Calif.), Ferguson played here and there during the first half of the season, and even recorded an interception at West Virginia, in what proved to be his final appearance of the year.

• Quan Hampton, soph. WR (4) — Much like Fairs, Hampton entered the year as a promising target in KU’s passing game. And, like Fairs, it never materialized for Hampton as he battled a nagging injury. Hampton caught five passes for 59 yards, with his last appearance coming against Oklahoma State.

• Elijah Jones, jr. CB (4) — Another junior college transfer, Jones played sparingly in his first year at KU, making two tackles and breaking up a pass.

• Miles Kendrick, soph. QB (4) — Kendrick’s usage went from every game to non-existent after he suffered a shoulder injury Week 4 at Baylor. Beaty stated before the season began that Kendrick would play every week, but that plan changed mid-season, even though the backup QB was deemed healthy enough to play. In four appearances, the transfer from College of San Mateo (Calif.) completed 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a TD.

• Reuben Lewis, jr. OL (1) — In his first season at KU after transferring from Coffeyville Community College, Lewis only played on special teams in Week 2 versus Rutgers.

• Jacobi Lott, fr. OL (0) — During preseason camp, the true freshman lineman from Amarillo, Texas, suffered a season-ending injury.

• Ryan Malbrough, fr. RB (1) — A true freshman from Cecilia, La., Malbrough’s only appearance came in the late stages of KU’s Week 2 dismantling of lowly Rutgers. Malbrough ran the ball three times for 10 yards.

• Api Mane, jr. OL (3) — During the non-conference portion of the schedule, Mane picked up steady in-game reps at guard and on special teams. But Kendrick’s one-time San Mateo teammate didn’t play in KU’s final nine games.

• Kyle Mayberry, jr. CB (3) — A three-star prospect in the Class of 2016 from Tulsa, Okla., Mayberry started five games for KU in 2017, as a sophomore. But he only played in three this year. Mayberry suffered an injury in September and would only go on to play in the opener and the season’s final two games. He recorded three tackles and broke up a pass at Oklahoma.

• Jalan Robinson, fr. OL (0) — The hometown freshman from Lawrence’s Free State High did not play during his first year as a college athlete.

• Nick Williams, fr. OL (0) — After enrolling at KU early, for the spring semester, Williams, a 6-foot-8 freshman offensive lineman from Overland, Mo., didn’t appear in any games.

Other redshirt players for KU in 2018:

• Nate Betts, jr. S (0)

• Mac Copeland, fr. OL (0)

• Nick Channel, fr. LB (0)

• Dylan Freberg, fr. TE (0)

• Logan Klusman, jr. LS (0)

• John Lillig, fr. LB (0)

• Adagio Lopeti, jr. OL (0)

• Billy Maples, fr. QB (0)

• Cody McNerney, fr. S (0)

• D’Juan Moore, soph. CB (0)

• Jack Murphy, fr. OL (0)

• Jack Parks, fr. TE (0)

• Spencer Roe, fr. DT (0)

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Thomas Wagner

HCDB once said he wasn't going to red-shirt anyone. Now, we see he had 27 players red-shirt. Amazing.

Hopefully HCLM will be able to use a handful of them and take advantage of the extra year.

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Mike Hart

That's outstanding that we have that many. Alot of guys got to get on the field a little bit, but still not use up or waste a year of eligibility. Another year in the program, now available to Les Miles and Co to develop.

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David Robinett

More competition at OL and secondary can’t hurt.

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Buck Bukaty

That's a big WOW!

Hoping HC Mile's staff can coach them dudes up!

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Chris DeWeese

Good news for the football program. Actually, this is great news.

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Brad Farha

Great on many fronts, but what I like the most is that 9 of them are Juniors.

Instead of losing 28 after the 2019 season, we'll only lose 19.

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Dane Pratt

Holy 5hit! I didn't think Alabama was capable of getting manhandled. When was the last time a Nick Saban team got beat this bad.

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Eric Eakins

That was crazy. My wife, a HUGE Bama fan, turned the game off 1/2 way through the 4th quarter. For her that is almost the equivalent of saying there is no God. I about fell out of my seat. We certainly didn't anticipate that game. I figure high scoring by both teams not just one.

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Dane Pratt

Bama is still the gold standard for college football.

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Jonathan Allison

Thanks David Beatty!

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Stephen Johnson

Kudos to Coach Beaty! For all the bashing, coach Beaty left the program in better shape than when he arrived

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Jeff Coffman

Actually Kudos to the NCAA for changing the rules. The four game rule, helped 11 players keep their red-shirts when in the past they likely would have lost it. I'm guessing 1-2 of them may have been eligible for a medical red-shirt, the adjustment for four games really benefits the players a lot more. Only 1 of the 11 of those were freshman, so the rule change helped KU keep 10 players that normally would have lost their red-shirt.

Now what other rules should we change with the NCAA?

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Dirk Medema

Not sure how you're getting the split you ID. Based on the info in the article identifying players that were injured vs. simple limited or no playing time:

Seven (7) benefit from the 4-Game Rule - Bastida, Chandler, Ferguson, Jones, Lewis, Malbrough, Mane, (Being a freshmen or not makes no difference.)

Five (5) benefit from the Med-Redshirt Rule - Fairs, Hampton, Kendrick, Lott, Mayberry, and

Fifteen (15) are Traditional Redshirt - Robinson, Williams, + 13 others with no comment in the article.

Kudos to both the NCAA for making the change and Coach Beaty for working within the rules for the good of the program and players.

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Jeff Coffman

Historically, if you played a game, you lost your red-shirt...hence the 11. Just because you are injured in game 4 historically, that didn't mean you would get a red-shirt. So someone like Kendrick, he would have to apply to receive a medical red-shirt. Since the article points out that he was healthy and could play, but opted not to, the 4 game rule applies, not the medical redshirt, generally if a person played in games and got hurt that doesn't guarantee the medical red-shirt. My understanding and I haven't researched this, a medical red-shirt is very rare, I think Jason White from Oklahoma was one that recall that got one.

I counted Lott as a traditional, and you might be right...he might be able to use a medical redshirt this year, and then red-shirt another year, for the unusual 6th year. Very rare, but you are right, that could happen.

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Jeff Coffman

You are right it doesn't matter if they are freshman...I don't know what I was trying to note with 1 of 11 were freshman. Clearly all 11 benefited.

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Dirk Medema

Benton - With this new redshirt info and most of the 2019 recruiting class being known (4 possible freshmen additions?), do you have a breakdown of the scholarship roster by class? I've got spreadsheets at home that have been my attempt at tracking it the past 3 years in particular, but haven't had the time to update it. I'd even email it to you if you want if you don't otherwise have something started.

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