Jayhawks Football Notebook: August 23

By Aaron Cede�o
August 23, 2010

It’s been a brutal spring and summer in terms of losses to personnel for the Kansas Jayhawks, and last week brought with it the announcement of yet another player who will miss the entirety of the 2010 season. �

Junior running back Rell Lewis, a pleasant surprise at the end of the 2009 season with his speed and quickness, has suffered a season ending knee injury, Head Coach Turner Gill informed the media Sunday evening. As of the latest depth chart, Lewis was competing with redshirt freshman DeShaun Sands for the number two running back job � a spot destined to get plenty of carries as the season unfolds.� �

“He damaged his knee, and it’s a pretty serious situation there,” Gill said. “It is a sad day for us and I feel sad for him, as he was a guy in the hunt as far as battling for a starting spot.” �

The picture has started to clear at running back, where six athletes were competing for carries at the start of training camp. Though Gill has indicated nothing is set in stone, senior Angus Quigley is listed as the current starter at the position. After Lewis’ injury and sophomore Toben Opurum’s switch to linebacker, that leaves Sands as well as freshmen Brandon Bourbon and James Sims in contention for playing time. �

Bourbon and Sims have drawn interest from Kansas fans in particular, as both were highly-touted members of the 2010 recruiting class. �

“We still have another week where I want to continue to evaluate guys, but all four of those guys have some potential,” Gill said. “But we will settle in here as we go along and decide who the top guys are and go from there.�

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