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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time Bracket: Algie Atkinson vs Bruce Kallmeyer

(11) Atkinson vs (22) Kallmeyer

NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

As I’m sure you’ll remember, we made the kickers play-in to the bracket, and Bruce Kallmeyer knocked out Trevor Pardula by a 9-2 count. His reward?

Algie Atkinson, the career leader in sacks at Kansas with 24. Algie played at KU from 1998-2001, and while he never garnered any first team All-Conference accolades, he clearly made an impact from the defensive line. He played in 11 games in his freshman campaign, and became a starter just a couple of games into his sophomore season. He signed a free-agent deal with the Packers following the 2002 NFL Draft, but didn’t make the team.

On the flip side, Kallmeyer may be one of the best players in Kansas football history that you've never heard of - well until a couple of weeks ago, of course. He suited up for KU from 1980-83, and by the time he left school, he was the school record holder for career field goals made (since broken by Dan Eichloff). However, Kallmeyer still holds the record for field goal percentage, hitting 53 of 69 in his four years, good for 76.8%.

He was named first team All-Big 8 and first team All-American his senior year of 1983, when he hit 24 of 29 field goals.

That makes Kallmeyer one of only 13 Jayhawks in history to be first team All-American.


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