The new kickers added to the Jayhawk roster have been promised an open competition, and that's exactly what they will encounter during 2017 fall camp.
Departing senior Matthew Wyman admirably handled all the place kicking duties in 2016, finishing 13-of-19 on field goals with a long of 59 yards. He also kicked off all 53 times for Kansas, with 30 of them going for touchbacks.
JUCO transfer Gabriel Rui was second on the depth chart in 2016 for KU, but didn't see any game action. In 2015, he was 13-of-14 for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M with a long of 46 yards and was 33-of-34 of PATs.
Liam Jones - K - 5-10, 170 / Choctaw, Oklahoma - Choctaw High School
Kansas coach David Beaty on Jones: "I'm really excited about having Liam here. He's been committed to us for a long time. One of the things that's really gratifying for me is I started my college career at Rice with his head coach. Todd Dilbeck is a dear friend of mine, and it's always gratifying when you can add a player from one of your buddy's places. He's a head coach here at Choctaw. This guy is a very, very pivotal guy in this class for us.
"Losing the kicker that we lost, being able to fill those shoes with the guy that we think can do it right away. We always say kickers, deep snappers should be the best value for a scholarship, because they should be four-year starters. If not, you've got the wrong guy. So I guess time will tell, but this guy, as you can tell, the leg speed this guy generates is ridiculous. He can hit it now. And I love his accuracy. He's won a number of competitions. Liam Jones is a stud, and I'm excited about him being here. I love the way that he gets his leg extended. There are not a lot of kickers doing that anymore. I really like this kid. Really happy to have Coach Dilbeck's guy here."
Cole Brungardt - K - 6-5, 200 / Lawrence, Kansas - Lawrence High School
Beaty on Brungardt: "Next guy, a local guy, right here out of Lawrence High School, played for Coach Wedd, right around the corner, named Cole Brungardt. Seen this kid around a lot. He's friends with my daughter, so I know who he is. Terrific leg. The kid's got a really, really strong leg. Kid right down the street from us, got to see him play a couple times over the last couple years. Very strong leg. The guy can knock it out of the end zone. He's really a weapon because of what he can do from a touchback standpoint. Once again, local guy, and really excited about adding one of Coach Wedd's guys to our team. We've been working on trying to continue to do that, and we think those guys are quality guys. Another local guy that we think can really help us in the future here.
"The other thing I love about these kids from Lawrence High is they're going to be tough. That's some of our minimum expectations."