News And Notes: KU/Texas Tech

News and notes on Kansas’ showdown at Texas Tech Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium.

News and notes on Kansas’ showdown at Texas Tech Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium.


Senior wide receiver Nick Harwell excels at returning punts and catching passes. Harwell ranks second in the Big 12 in punt returns (26.4 yard average on five returns), including his 76-yard return for a touchdown against West Virginia on Oct. 4. Harwell finished the WVU game with 84 yards on two punt returns, earning him College Football Performance Award punt returners of the week honors.

Harwell, who had a KU career-best seven catches for 91 yards against Oklahoma State last Saturday, leads Kansas with 24 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns.


Kansas has blocked a field goal in three straight games, marking the first time it has blocked a kick in three consecutive contests since blocking punts in three straight games during the 1987 season. Three different Jayhawks have blocked a kick this season, including junior linebacker Jake Love (Texas), junior defensive lineman T.J. Semke (at West Virginia) and sophomore safety Tevin Shaw (Oklahoma State).


Senior tight end Jimmay Mundine was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List on Oct. 13. Mundine was one of two tight ends from the Big 12 and one of 33 total honorees selected for the watch list. He leads all Big 12 tight ends in receiving yards with 212 yards on 16 catches. Mundine had five receptions for a career-best 88 yards against OSU, while named Honorable Mention Tight End of the week by the CFPA.


Senior linebacker Ben Heeney stepped up against OSU with 14 tackles (10 solo), including 3.5 TFLs and one sack. Heeney, who has led KU in tackles in four of six games, ranks first in the Big 12 and sixth nationally in solo tackles (6.8 per game). He is also second in the Big 12 in tackles with 10.5 per game, which also ranks 19th in the NCAA. Moreover, Heeney is leading the league in TFLs with 1.7 per game, which ranks seventh nationally.


KU is 7-8-2 all time in games played on Oct. 18. The Jayhawks won at Denver in 1896 to to open the 17 games they played on this date.


Seven former Jayhawks are on active NFL rosters this season, including offensive lineman Anthony Collins (Tampa Bay), cornerback Chris Harris (Denver), safety Aqib Talib (Denver), offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson (Cincinnati), linebacker Steven Johnson (Denver), safety Bradley McDougald (Tampa Bay) and safety Darrell Stuckey (San Diego). Also, fullback Toben Opurum is on the practice squad of the Houston Texans.

In the Canadian Football League, running back and eight-year veteran Jon Cornish is a member of the Calgary Stampeders, while wide receiver and four-year vet Marcus Henry plays for the Ottawa Redblacks.


Tech will be celebrating homecoming against KU this weekend. The Red Raiders own a 52-29-3 all-time record on homecoming after last year’s 42-35 win over Iowa State.


Junior offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark (6-6, 313 pounds) entered this season as the Red Raider earning the most preseason hype. The left tackle is a preseason All-Big 12 selection and a second-team All-American by USA Today. Clark was an All-Big 12 first team selection by the AP and Athlon Sports as a sophomore after starting all 12 games at left tackle. He entered 2014 having started in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team.

Clark is also a candidate for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.


Texas Tech has won four straight bowl games, including last year’s 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State in the 2013 National University Holiday Bowl. TTU now holds the longest active bowl win streak in the Big 12 and the longest in school history. Tech’s 36 all-time bowl appearances ranks 17th nationally.


Kliff Kinsbury, TTU’s second all-time leading passer, is in his second season as head football coach of his alma mater. He led the Red Raiders to an 8-5 record last year, becoming just the second coach in school history to win a bowl game in his first season. Top Stories