QB of Kansas basketball team wowed football coach

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) holds the Midwest Regional trophy as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) holds the Midwest Regional trophy as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

Kansas football coach David Beaty got around to answering the question put to him about tight end James Sosinski, who walked onto the basketball team, but first Beaty chose to address another member of the athletic department.

"I would be remiss if I didn't congratulate coach (Bill) Self and the basketball team, and Devonte' Graham, and what an unbelievable career," Beaty said. "I don't know if I've seen, in the times I've been here, a kid that has literally unified an athletic department like this Devonte' Graham kid has. He might be one of the most electric personalities I've ever seen."

Beaty didn't stop there.

"I've just watched him make all of our programs better," Beaty said. "This kid is an amazing person. To get him to be able to go experience that (Final Four), I was so happy for him and the job that coach Self and those guys did."

Watching Graham so consistently throw long passes on the money and watching him dart so quickly at both ends, it was easy to picture him joining the quarterback competition at KU. To steal a quote from Dana Carvey doing an impression of President George H.W. Bush, not going to happen, wouldn't be prudent. Obviously, Graham has an impending professional basketball career for which to prepare.

Still, it's interesting to think about how many quarterback qualities he possesses: born leader, accurate passer, fast, quick, elusive, never makes excuses, performs well in the clutch.

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Randy Signor

Yeah, but you wouldn't get to enjoy his electric smile hidden by helmet/mask

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tom Keegan

Great point.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dirk Medema

Not entirely accurate. The helmet makes a players face less visible, as well as the greater separation between the players and fans, but TV in particular is very capable of showing the faces of football players, and 50% of time +/- they aren't wearing their helmet during the game. Devonte would shine on the football field too.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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John Brazelton

Big question, can he throw overhand?

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Scott Proch

Bet he's better throwing overhand than Josh Jackson showed last year!

8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Robert Lofthouse

...and what of his comments about his own player, James Sosinski?

8 months, 1 week ago

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Joe Ross

Yes, Graham is impressive. However, Beaty's threshold for being impressed is remarkably low.

8 months, 1 week ago

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