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Kansas Jayhawk Gameday News and Notes: 9.1.2018

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Football NewsMeet the Team: 2018 Nicholls Football - The Official Website of Nicholls Athletics
The 2018 Nicholls State University football team begins its season Saturday at Kansas. The Colonels are coming off an eight-win season and their first playoff appearance since 2005. Here is a quick look at each position group as Nicholls kicks off its 47th season.

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 1, Daniel Wise | Smithology |
To simply call Daniel Wise a returning starter, redshirt senior defensive tackle and Kansas football leader doesn’t really do him justice.

Trending FCS foe Nicholls State awaits KU football in high-stakes opener - Sports - The Topeka Capital-Journal - Topeka, KS
LAWRENCE — Joe Dineen admits he's expecting nerves ahead of Kansas football’s season opener, the first leg of the linebacker’s final college season.Butterflies, though, aren’t anything out of the ordinary for the Jayhawks’ preseason All-Big 12 selection.“Oh, I always get nervous,” Dineen said. “I get nervous for scrimmages and stuff like that still.”As some Jayhawk fans will confirm, nervousness ahead of this opener isn’t a

Top 10 KU football players to watch vs. Nicholls State
In a matter of hours the Jayhawks will officially begin the 2018 season, with kickoff scheduled at 6 p.m. for the season opener against Nicholls State. As of Friday, the Jayhawks were still more than a touchdown favorite to get the win in newly-renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. But the sense heading into the game seems to be that Nicholls State is a talented FCS squad who could pose KU some problems.

Who is Alex Fontana? Get to know KU football's starting center
In a competition that involved eight different players snapping the ball for the chance to win the job, Fontana — the favorite to win from the time it was announced he'd be on the KU roster — won out, with Api Mane serving as the backup.

How to watch: KU football vs. Nicholls State
Later today, the Jayhawks will take on Nicholls State to begin their 2018 campaign. The start of that game will also mark the official start of a fourth season for Beaty, who will be looking to see an increase in wins from a 2017 season that ended with the Kansas football team going 1-11.

Chris Harris Jr. 'humbled' to join KU's Ring of Honor |
When Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.’s name is added to the Ring of Honor inside Kansas David Booth Memorial Stadium Saturday night, the former KU standout will be glad to see it so close to a pair of his one-time teammates.

Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Nicholls State |
Nicholls State, ranked No. 17 in the preseason FCS Coaches Poll, has too many experienced, confident players for Kansas to give the Colonels a big head start and still get out of Week 1 with a victory.

KU safety Mike Lee prepared to battle familiar faces on Nicholls roster |
University of Kansas safety Mike Lee knows too much about football players from his hometown of New Orleans to disregard the Jayhawks’ season-opening opponent, Nicholls State.

KU football MVP Countdown: No. 1, Daniel Wise | Smithology |
To simply call Daniel Wise a returning starter, redshirt senior defensive tackle and Kansas football leader doesn’t really do him justice.

Other Kansas Sports

KATIE CLUTCH: McClure lifts No. 19 Kansas to 2OT win over Utah - Kansas Jayhawks
A pair of clutch goals from junior forward Katie McClure lifted No. 19 Kansas soccer over Utah, 2-1, on Friday night in a double-overtime thriller at Rock Chalk Park. The victory kept the Jayhawks unbeaten start to 2018 intact, now at 4-0-1. The loss dropped the Utes to 1-2-1.

Jayhawks defeat Cougars in five-set comeback fashion - Kansas Jayhawks
For the second time in one day, the Kansas volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit and prevailed in a five-set match. On Friday morning, KU outlasted Dayton and during Friday's nightcap the Jayhawks defeated College of Charleston after a back-and-forth tilt inside Memorial Coliseum, 3-2 (18-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-11, 16-14).

R.J. Hampton to attend KU’s Late Night in the Phog; Robinson-Earl sets visits
R.J. Hampton, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior point guard from Little Elm (Texas) High School, will attend Kansas’ Late Night in the Phog as part of a Sept. 28-30 official campus visit to KU, his dad told on Friday.