Kansas Jayhawks star dropped from top 100 college football players


Kansas Football is expected to have one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2024. Under fourth-year HC Lance Leipold, the Jayhawks have gone from one of the worst schools in Power 5 Football to a top team in the Big 12. He has taken KU to unprecedented heights during his tenure in Lawrence.

Leipold and his coaching staff have developed some tremendous talent since he arrived in 2021. He has brought in transfers in the past such as Dominick Puni and Austin Booker, who were selected in this year’s NFL Draft. However, he still has a number of key players he has managed to retain, recruited through Les Miles’ failed coaching experiment.

Two of those players are quarterback-running back duo Jalon Daniels and Devin Neal. The pillars of the high-octane Kansas football offense are a big reason why the Jayhawks have had increasing success in recent years. That said, KU supporters may be surprised to find out who isn’t included in On3.com’s “Top 100 Players in College Football” list.

Neal received ranking recognition, finishing at number 57 out of 100. Most fans would consider that number reasonable. However, KU’s star signal caller was not on the list. On3 writer Nick Schultz doesn’t think Daniels is a top-100 player in the NCAA.

The California native has endured his fair share of hardships at the collegiate level. Injuries have limited him to just 12 games over the past two seasons, including a back injury that limited him to three appearances in 2023. Jason Bean filled in for him while he recovered from the ailment, but he has graduated and headed to the NFL. .

Despite his injury history, his skills on the field are unquestionable. His rocket of an arm has caught the attention of professional scouts across the country, and he is an excellent game manager. Daniels is also a mobile quarterback who can make throws while running or stop and run when necessary.

Many people are skeptical about whether Daniels will be able to stay on the field this year. While these concerns are valid, they do not detract from what he can do when he is healthy. Jayhawk supporters will agree that Daniels definitely deserved a spot on this list.