Football Notes

KU students can sign up for a free ticket to the Tangerine Bowl; Joe Vaughn is named Offensive Newcomer of the Year for the conference.

Free tickets for students

Lawrence, Kan. -- University of Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins annouced on Wednesday that all KU students travelling to Orlando, Fla., for the Mazda Tangerine Bowl on Dec. 22 can receive a free ticket to the game, courtesy of the athletics department. Students wanting the free ticket -- which normally costs $45 -- must register at the KU athletic ticket office before Monday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

All students wishing to sign up for the free ticket must have a valid KU student ID. Registered students will be given a voucher that can be redeemed at the KU will call window located at the Citrus Bowl stadium.

KU's Vaughn Named Offensive Newcomer Of The Year

Lawrence, Kan. -- After helping the University of Kansas football team to its first bowl game since 1995, KU junior center Joe Vaughn was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in a release issued by the conference on Dec. Vaughn's achievement marks the second-straight year that a Jayhawk has won league's Offensive Newcomer of the Year award -- quarterback Bill Whittemore captured the honor last season.

Vaughn transferred to Kansas from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and made an immediate impact for the Mazda Tangerine Bowl-bound Jayhawks. He allowed only one sack at his position in 372 pass attempts by KU and helped the squad's offense improve to fifth in the Big 12 with 418 net yards per game -- an all-time-high since Kansas joined the league prior to the 1996 season. The Del City, Okla., native helped the Jayhawks limit opponents to 18 total sacks (tied for fourth-fewest in the league) with his power blocking and he assisted coach Mark Mangino's crew to school records for total offense yards (5,016), passing touchdowns (23) and pass completions (235).

"It's a great honor for me individually, but it is more of an honor for our whole offense. I am proud that the coaches in the Big 12 recognized my efforts in a league that is so full of talented players," said Vaughn.

Twelve Jayhawks Honored By Big 12 Coaches

Lawrence, Kan. -- Twelve University of Kansas football players were named to the 2003 Coaches All-Big 12 team in a release issued by the conference on Wednesday. Six players -- quarterback Bill Whittemore, center Joe Vaughn, offensive lineman Adrian Jones, linebacker Gabriel Toomey, punter Curtis Ansel and kick returner Charles Gordon -- were each listed as third-team selections. Wide receiver Mark Simmons, running back Clark Green, safety Tony Stubbs and linebackers Nick Reid, running back/defensiveback John Randle and Banks Floodman were all honorable-mention picks. Top Stories