Football Spring Scrimmage and Alumni Game Set For April 16

April 9, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Head Coach Mark Mangino and the University of Kansas football team invite all Jayhawk fans to the 2005 Spring Scrimmage slated for 3 p.m. on April 16 in Memorial Stadium. Prior to the scrimmage, many former KU football players will return to Lawrence to participate in the Second Annual Alumni Game which kicks off at 1 p.m. Both events are free to the public.

KU greats Dana Stubblefield (1990-92) and Don Davis (1991-92) will serve as honorary coaches in the Alumni Game. Stubblefield was an All-American performer at defensive end for the Jayhawks during his three-year career in Lawrence. As team captain in 1992, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Aloha Bowl in KU’s win over BYU. Stubblefield, a standout defensive end, played 11 seasons in the NFL with San Francisco, Washington and Oakland. Stubblefield was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1993 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, the same year he notched his third Pro Bowl berth after recording a career-high 15 sacks for the 49ers.

Davis has played for four teams during his NFL career, and most recently, won a pair of Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots. Davis is entering his 11th NFL season and has played in 120 games with 17 starts in his career, recording a total of 133 defensive tackles and 127 special teams tackles. The 6-foot-1-inch, 235-pounder joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on May 16, 2003, and has played in 31 regular-season games and six postseason games in his two seasons in New England. At Kansas, Davis led the Jayhawks with 78 total tackles as a senior in 1994 and finished his career with 238 career stops.

On Saturday, the first 5,000 fans in the stadium will receive a Jayhawk football t-shirt. In addition, the marching band and the spirit squad will be performing at the event.

A television crew from Fox Sports Net will be on hand filming the scrimmage to produce a 30-minute Spring Game special which will be aired several times throughout the summer.

Upon completion of the scrimmage, selected KU football players will meet fans and sign autographs for those in attendance.

“Saturday will be a lot of fun for KU football fans,” said Mangino. “They will have the opportunity to watch the 2005 team scrimmage and see their favorite players from the past perform in Memorial Stadium.”

Additional notes for fans…
Gates to the stadium will open at 12:30 p.m. will be open and located in the west concourse.
The KU ticket office will be open for fans wanting tickets for the 2005 season.
The first 5,000 fans will receive a Kansas football t-shirt.
The Kid’s Fun Zone will open at 12:30 p.m. south of the stadium.
Concessions will be sold during the game in the west concourse.

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