Kansas Jayhawks starting senior defensive lineman Andrew Bolton is no longer with the team. A team spokesperson confirmed the news to Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
A former junior college standout and three-star recruit out of Clinton High School in Mississippi, near Jackson, Bolton sat out all of 2013 and appeared in 11 games for the Jayhawks last season. Over that stretch, he had 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
It’s a rough piece of news for Kansas’ football team, as Bolton was expected to be a key piece of the front seven this season, the team’s first under David Beaty. The loss of him leaves the team with a bunch of unproven talent up front, not exactly ideal for a team that went 3-9 (1-8 Big 12) last season. On top of that, Kansas finished 110th in the nation in total defense last season, and losing Bolton likely won’t improve that number even if he was injured for most of his Jayhawks career, though he did appear to be turning a corner towards the end of last season.
Hopefully, the situation rectifies itself and Kansas manages to find a way to improve under Beaty. Campus Sports will update Bolton’s story if any new information becomes available.
Kansas opens the 2015 season at home against the MVFC’s South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
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