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The new look Jayhawks began spring practice on March 24th and the spring game is scheduled for April 25th. Here’s a peek at the new coaches and what is sure to be an ever evolving roster.

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As we edge closer to the spring game on April 25th, let’s take a look at what players remain, who has come on board, and who will coach the 2015 Jayhawks. With transfers, early enrollees, and nearly 30 walk-ons, I’ll try my best to present a comprehensive list. With all of the new faces in the program (and those to come over the summer) the roster herein and those to follow will remain dynamic throughout the off season.

Let’s begin with Special Teams. HCDB brought in former Texas A&M Quality Control Coach for Special Teams, Gary Hyman, to be the Jayhawks Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach. The former Humboldt State receiver (‘94-‘96) was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at USC in 2009, a GA at UTEP in ’10-’11, and held several other positions before making his way to Texas A&M.

Hyman looks to replace the #2 rated punting prospect in the NFL draft (according to CBS.com) in Trevor Pardula. The Jayhawks will look to either Eric Kahn, whose experience is limited to 8 career kick-offs, or Butler CC transfer Andrew Yoxall (no playing time last year) to take over punting duties. Placekicker Matthew Wyman returns but with a career 56% field goal rate, Hyman will certainly give Hawaii transfer Ryan Weese a look.

The current* special teams roster:

#


FULL NAME


POS


YR.


HOMETOWN / HIGHSCHOOL


Notes


17

Matthew Wyman

K

Jr.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Andover HS

19 career starts over last two seasons, 14-25 FG, 38-43 XP

47

Ryan Weese

K

So.

Overland Park, Kan. / St. Thomas Aquinas HS

RS at Hawaii in 2014. Transferred to Hawaii from Hutchison CC

19

Austin Barone

K

Jr.

Frontenac, Kan. / St. Mary's Colgan HS

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68

John Wirtel

LS

Jr.

Orland Park, Ill. / Mount Carmel HS

LS in 2014, recorded 3 tackles

60

Reilly Jeffers

LS

Sr.

South Bend, Ind. / Marian HS

FG and PAT snapper in 2014

64

Jordan Goldenberg

LS

Jr.

Creve Coeur, Mo. / Parkway Central HS

18

Eric Kahn

P

Sr.

Spring Hill, Kan. / Spring Hill HS

6 KO in 2014, 2 in 2013

14

Andrew Yoxall

P

Jr.

Minneapolis, Kan. / Minneapolis HS

Butler CC freshman transfer, RS as Soph, no action last year

*Please feel free to leave updates in the comments and I’ll revise this table accordingly.