Two big news stories for Kansas football today: one positive and one negative.
Marquel Combs announcers transfer
The bad news is that Charlie Weis has announced junior defensive lineman Marquel Combs asked for and has been granted a release to transfer from Kansas. The transfer is only allowed to schools outside of the Big 12 Conference.
“Marquel was a great factor in our recruitment of last year’s signing class,” said Weis. “We would like to wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Combs, who transferred from Pierce College (a junior college), had not played a single down this season.
“I appreciate the Jayhawk community, as well as my teammates and the staff, for all of the support I have received during my time with the program,” said Combs, a native of Memphis, Tenn. “It has been an incredible opportunity and I wish them the best of luck the rest of this season and in the future.”
Interesting timing for Combs. He seemed like he was happy to be a Jayhawk.
Trevor Pardula picks up national honors
Trevor Pardula, the Jayhawk’s punter, picked up a bunch of honors today.
Pardula was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week, College Football Performance Awards Punter of the Week and was also named Special Teams Player of the Week by the Big 12 Conference.
Pardula, a native of San Jose, Calif., came up huge for the Jayhawks in their win over Louisiana Tech. He set a Kansas record for punting average in a game after averaging 57.6 yards on five punts in the game. He recorded a career-long 78-yard punt in the third quarter, which tied for eighth-longest in school history and was the longest Jayhawk boot since Rich Reith hit a 78-yarder on Oct. 18, 1986. His 78-yarder is tied for the fourth longest in the NCAA this season.
The last time a Jayhawk was honored by the Big 12 was September of 2011, when D.J. Beshears was named Special Teams Player of the Week.