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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time: June Henley vs Kerwin Bell

(3) Henley vs (14) Bell

June Henley

(3) June Henley

Henley ran for the Jayhawks from 1993-96. He still holds the school career records for carries (823), rushing yards (3841), and rushing touchdowns (41). He made an impact at Kansas right away, getting the first team All-Big 8 nod. He finished his senior year with a second team All-Big 12 season.

Henley was drafted 163rd overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 NFL Draft, but didn’t make the team. He signed onto the Rams practice squad, finally getting some game action in 1998. His NFL career only totaled 11 games, gaining 313 yards on 88 carries, scoring 3 TDs.

(14) Kerwin Bell

Bell turned heads when he signed with Kansas over Oklahoma, Nebraska, and other high-profile schools in the spring of 1980. Academic questions plagued him as he had transferred high schools back in California. He played his freshman and sophomore years, well enough to make first team All-Big 8 as a freshman, but once the NCAA completed its investigation, it suspended Kerwin for the first 3 games of 1982 and stripped him of a year of eligibility.

Bell racked up 1970 yards at KU and sits at 12th in the career record books in rushing yards and rushing TDs. He gained 1114 yards in his freshman season, at the time setting the Big 8 freshman rushing record. A knee injury his sophomore year limited him there, as he only gained 856 yards after his freshman campaign.


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