Jayhawks Ready For NFL Draft
April 22, 2010
Kansas Football In The NFL Draft
– No Jayhawks were drafted in 2009.
– Four Jayhawks were drafted in 2008 (CB Aqib Talib, First Round; OT Anthony Collins, Fourth Round; TE Derek Fine, Fourth Round; WR Marcus Henry, Sixth Round)
– Last KU first-round pick – CB Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay, 2008 (20th overall pick)
(NOTE: KU has had eight first-round picks all-time)
– KU players picked in first three rounds since 1980:
2008 CB Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay Bucaneers (1st round/20th pick)
1997 LB Ronnie Ward, Miami (3/93)
1996 DB Dorian Brew, Miami (3/79)
1993 DT Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco (1/26)
1993 DT Gilbert Brown, Minnesota (3/79)
1986 DB Alvin Walton, Washington (3/75)
1983 WR Wayne Capers, Pittsburgh (2/52)
1981 WR David Verser, Cincinnati (1/10)
1980 LB Kirby Criswell, Cincinnati (2/31)
1980 DB LeRoy Irvin, Los Angeles Rams (3/70)
– Years with multiple KU draft picks since 1980:
2008 – 4
2002 – 2
1997 – 3
1996 – 4
1993 – 2
1986 – 4
1984 – 4
1983 – 2
1982 – 2
1981 – 2
1980 – 4
(NOTE: KU has had at least two players taken in the same draft 41 times since 1938.)
– The last time KU had two players from the same position drafted was 1996 when two offensive linemen – Chris Banks and Rod Jones – were drafted by Denver and Cincinnati respectively.
– The last time KU had two wide receivers drafted in the same year was 1981 when David Verser and Lester Mickens were selected in first round by Cincinnati and 11th round by New Orleans respectively.
Complete KU In the NFL Draft information on page 167 of media guide.
Bios of KU’s three NFL Combine participants (Dezmon Briscoe, Kerry Meier and Darrell Stuckey) follow:
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Dallas, Texas (Cedar Hill High School)
Career Honors: 2009: The Sporting News All-America Third Team… All-Big 12 First Team (Coaches and Associated Press)… Biletnikoff Award semifinalist… Maxwell Award Watch List, NFL Combine Participant, Declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season. 2008: SI.com All-America Honorable Mention, All-Big 12 Second Team, Insight Bowl Offensive MVP, KU co-Most Improved Offensive Player, KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. Oklahoma and Nebraska, KU Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Missouri. 2007: Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (The Sporting News).
2009 (Jr.): Named to The Sporting News All-America Third Team… Was an All-Big 12 First Team selection by the league coaches and Associated Press… A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist… Was on the Maxwell Award Watch List… Ranked fifth in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (121.55) and ninth in receptions per game (7.64)… Was also listed 13th in all-purpose yards (162.55) and 83rd in kickoff returns (22.74)… Caught 84 passes for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns… Best game was 14 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns in season finale against Missouri… Had seven 100-yard games, including 186 vs. Iowa State and 181 at Texas Tech… In 2009 he set school records for career receiving yards (3,240), career 100-yard receiving games (14), season 100-yard receiving games (7 in 2009), career touchdown receptions (31) and season all-purpose yardage (1,788 in 2009).
2008 (So.): Earned SI.com All-America Honorable Mention honors… Named All-Big 12 Second Team… Earned Insight Bowl Offensive MVP honors… Shared KU’s Most Improved Offensive Player award with Kerry Meier… Ranked fourth in the NCAA with 108.23 receiving yards per game, while also tying for 15th nationally with 7.08 receptions per game… Had 92 receptions for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns… The 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns were school records… Also set school records for single-game receptions (14 vs. Minnesota tied the record), single-game yards (269 at Oklahoma), season 100-yard games (seven), consecutive 100-yard games (four), and career touchdowns (22)… His 135 receptions in just two seasons are second in school history to Mark Simmons (155)… His 269 yards against Oklahoma were the most in the NCAA in 2008… He was one of two players in the country with multiple 200-yard games, as he also had 201 in the Insight Bowl against Minnesota… Had three of the top 38 receiving yardage games in the country, as he also had 176 at Nebraska… Caught a touchdown pass in 10 of 13 games, including seven of the last eight contests… Returned kickoffs for the first time in his career in the regular season finale against Missouri and had 195 yards on seven returns for a 27.85 average… Had a pair of 40-yard returns in the game as well… Had one kickoff return for 24 yards in the bowl game.
2007 (Fr.): Started the last 11 games of the season while playing in all 13 contests… Was fourth on the team in receptions (43), third in receiving yards (496), and second in touchdown receptions (seven)… His seven touchdowns were a school freshman record for a season and tied for fourth on the KU season list for all players… His first collegiate reception was a 16-yard touchdown in his debut against Central Michigan… Best game statistically was seven catches for 94 yards against Missouri… Had a season-long 34-yard reception against Missouri as well… Had six catches at Texas A&M (49 yards) and again at Oklahoma State (43 yards)… Caught five passes against Nebraska for 52 yards and three touchdowns…. Had touchdown catches in four of his first six collegiate games.
High School: An all-district first team selection following his senior season in 2006… Had 37 catches for 708 yards and 11 touchdowns… Best game came against Bowie when he collected six catches for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns… Helped Cedar Hill to a record of 23-4 his last two seasons and a state championship in 2006… Earned two varsity letters in football… Coached in football by Joey McGuire.
Personal: Born in Dallas, Texas… Major is physical education… Would like to be a high school coach… Hobbies include playing video games, relaxing and sleeping… Can play the drums and trumpet… Son of Alvin Briscoe and Shannon Greene… Father played football at Oklahoma State.
Up Close: Favorite Website – Google, Favorite Athlete – Larry Fitzgerald, Favorite Activity Other Than Football – X-Box, Post-College Dream (other than NFL) – High school coach, Football is… Something I can’t live without.
Receiving G Rec Yds Avg TD LG
2007 13 43 496 11.5 7 34
2008 13 92 1407 15.3 15 69
2009 11 84 1337 15.9 9 74
Totals 37 219 3240 14.8 31 74
KO Returns No Yds Avg LG TD
2008 8 219 27.4 40 0
2009 19 432 22.7 98 1
Totals 27 651 24.1 98 1
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Pittsburg, Kan. (Pittsburg High School)
Career Honors: 2009: All-Big 12 Second Team (Coaches and Associated Press), Biletnikoff Award Watch List, East-West Shrine game, NFL Combine Participant, Academic All-Big 12 Second Team, KU Leadership Award, KU co-Unselfish Award. 2008: Biletnikoff Award Candidate (one of 10), All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, KU co-Most Improved Offensive Player, KU co-Courageous Award, KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. FIU and co vs. Missouri. 2007: Academic All-Big 12 Second Team, KU co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa State, KU Weight Room Award, KU Unselfish Player Award. 2006: KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern State and Oklahoma State. 2005: KU Offensive Scout Team MVP.
2009 (Sr.): Earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the Big 12 Coaches, Associated Press, Phil Steele, Kansas City Star and Fort Worth Star among others… Was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List… Selected to play in the East-West Shrine game… Named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team… Ranked fourth in the NCAA with 8.50 receptions per game and 26th in receiving yards per game (82.08)… Set a school record with 102 receptions, which he turned into 985 yards and eight touchdowns… Posted five 100-yard games and five 10-plus reception games… Best yardage totals were 142 vs. Iowa State and 141 vs. Southern Mississippi… Best reception totals were 16 vs. Iowa State and 11 at Colorado… Established school career records for receptions (226), season receptions (102) and game receptions (16 vs. Iowa State)… Other career rankings include second in receiving yards (2,309), second in 100-yard receiving games (10) and second in touchdown receptions (18).
2008 (Jr.): Was a Biletnikoff Award candidate (one of 10)… Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors… Named Phil Steele All-Big 12 Third Team, Kansas City Star All-Big 12 Second Team and Associated Press All-Big 12 Honorable Mention… Shared KU’s Gale Sayers Most Courageous Player award with Jake Sharp, as well as KU’s Most Improved Offensive Player with Dezmon Briscoe… Established school season record for receptions with 97 (old mark was 70)… Tied Dezmon Briscoe for the school mark for single-game receptions with 14 vs. Missouri… Had 97 catches for 1,045 yards, the fourth-most yards by a KU player in history… Also had eight touchdown grabs to tie for third on the KU season list… Tied for sixth in the NCAA with 7.46 receptions per game… His 80.38 yards per game ranked 32nd nationally… Had three straight 100-yard receiving games early in the season with 120 at South Florida, 136 vs. Sam Houston State and 125 vs. Iowa State… Closed the year with 14 catches for 106 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner – a 26-yarder on fourth down with 27 seconds left – against Missouri and 10 receptions for 113 yards and another score against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl… Also tossed a 32-yard touchdown against Minnesota… Finished 2008 with a streak of catching at least two passes in 21 consecutive games… Was the number one backup at quarterback, but did not take a snap at that position… Threw three passes on the year, completing all three for 74 yards and one touchdown – all from his wide receiver position… Has thrown for 1,542 yards and recorded 1,324 yards in receptions in his career… Has also rushed for 419 yards… Served as the holder on placekicks on the season and was listed as the backup punter.
2007 (So.): Served as the team’s backup quarterback all year long, but moved to wide receiver to get on the field… Saw action in eight games as a quarterback and played in 10 games as a wide receiver… Started five contests at wide receiver when the Jayhawks went to a four wide receiver set on the opening play… Those starts came at Kansas State, vs. Baylor, at Texas A&M, at Oklahoma State and vs. Missouri… As a quarterback he was 25 of 29 (86.2 percent) for 275 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions… Completed his first seven attempts of the year, as well as his last 10 on the season… Most extensive time at quarterback came against Iowa State when he was nine of nine for 101 yards and one touchdown… As a receiver he caught 26 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns… His 26 receptions were fifth on the team… Had at least two receptions in each of the last eight games… Had four catches for 70 yards vs. Missouri and had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska… Became the first KU player to record a rushing touchdown, passing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same season since Garfield Taylor in 1981… Also became the first Jayhawk to record a rush, pass, reception and punt in the same season since Donald Shanklin in 1968… Was on the cover of Sports Illustrated catching a touchdown pass against Iowa State…. Passed for and caught a touchdown pass against Iowa State.
2006 (Fr.): Played in and started eight games as KU’s signal-caller… Completed 104-of-184 pass attempts… Threw for 1,193 yards and a KU freshman record 13 touchdowns… Had a season-long 50-yard pass against Iowa State… Finished second on the team with 346 rushing yards… Averaged 3.5 yards per carry and added five rushing touchdowns… Set season-highs with 23 completions and 243 passing yards against Toledo… Threw a season-best three touchdowns against Oklahoma State… Had two or more TD passes in five games… Named KU’s Offensive Player of the Week following the Northwestern State and OSU contests.
2005 (RS): Redshirted… Co-winner of the team’s Otto Schnellbacher Award, given annually to the Offensive Scout Team MVP.
High School: Named all-league first team as a quarterback and a punter in both 2003 and 2004… An all-state selection at quarterback by the Kansas Football Coaches Association as a senior… Also named to the KFCA’s Top 11… Ranked as the 13th-best high school senior quarterback in the nation by Superprep Magazine… Connected on 72-of-151 passes for 930 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004… Led the PHS Dragons to the sectional championship as a junior and senior… Coached in football by Merle Clark.
Personal: Born in Pittsburg, Kan… Major is sports management… Would like to travel the world after graduation… Hobbies include being outdoors, riding a bike and music, especially playing the bongos… Son of Dennis and Valerie Meier… Three brothers have all played college football, including Shad (Kansas State and the NFL), Adam (Pittsburg State), and Dylan (Kansas State).
Up Close: Favorite Website – Wikipedia, Favorite Athlete – Michael Jordan, Favorite Activity Other Than Football – Live music, Post-College Dream (other than NFL) – Attend a World Cup, Football is… An ongoing process about being able to operate in the present.
Meier Receiving Stats
Year G Rec Yds Avg TD LG
2006 8 1 5 5.0 0 5
2007 13 26 274 10.5 2 39
2008 13 97 1045 10.8 8 68
2009 12 102 985 9.7 8 71
Totals 46 226 2309 10.2 18 71
Meier Passing Stats
Year G Att Comp Int Pct Yds TD LG
2006 8 184 104 10 .556 1193 13 50
2007 13 29 25 0 .862 275 3 44
2008 13 3 3 0 1.00 74 1 32
2009 12 3 2 0 .667 70 0 556
Totals 46 219 134 10 .612 1612 17 56
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Kansas City, Kan. (Washington HS)
Career Honors: 2009: AFCA Good Works Team, Senior CLASS Award finalist, Thorpe Award semifinalist, Lott Award quarterfinalist, Bednarik Award Watch list, Nagurski Award Watch list, East-West Shrine Game (had game-high tying seven tackles), NFL Combine participant, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Associated Press All-Big 12 First Team, KU Campus and Community Service Award, KU Most Tackles Award. 2008: All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Community of Champions member, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Missouri, KU Weight Room Award, KU co-Leadership Award, KU Special Teams Player of the Year. 2007: All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches), KU Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Toledo and co vs. Oklahoma State).
2009 (Sr.): Was an All-Big 12 First Team selection by the Associated Press, while making second team on the Kansas City Star list and honorable mention by the league coaches… Was one of 11 players named to the AFCA Good Works Team nationally… Was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award… Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award… Was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Award… Was on the watch list for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards… Selected to play in the East-West Shrine game… Registered a team-high 93 tackles… Became the first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles in a season since 2000… His 295 career tackles were the second most by a Jayhawk defensive back in school history… Had one interception during the year to give him eight for his career…. Registered five double-digit tackle games during the year with 15 vs. Missouri, 14 vs. Iowa State, 12 at Colorado and 11 vs. Duke and Nebraska.
2008 (Jr.): KU’s lone All-Big 12 First Team selection… Was also named All-Big 12 First Team by the Associated Press, Phil Steele Magazine, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, and Fort Worth Star… Was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Missouri, which included a team-high-tying six tackles, one interception and forcing and recovering a fumble… Was named a Big 12 Community of Champions member and is one of KU’s most active community service players… Earned three KU team awards, including Bruce Kallmeyer Special Teams Player of the Year, Iron Hawk Weight Room Award, and co-Nolan Cromwell Leadership Award with Todd Reesing… Tied for 28th in the NCAA in interceptions (0.38 per game) and tied for 56th in passes defended (0.92 per game)… Ranked second on the team in tackles with 98, the most by a Jayhawk defensive back since 2003… Led the team with five interceptions, which included two in the regular season finale against Missouri (also forced and recovered a fumble against the Tigers)… Also had interceptions against Sam Houston State, Colorado and Kansas State… His seven pass break-ups were second on the team… Recorded at least 10 tackles in four different games… Best total was 15 at Nebraska… Had 12 vs. Oklahoma and 10 vs. both Kansas State and Louisiana Tech.
2007 (So.): Started all 13 games at safety… Was fourth on the team in tackles with 72… Had two tackles for loss… Was involved in four turnovers, recording two interceptions and recovering two fumbles… Picks came against Toledo and Nebraska, while fumble recoveries came against Florida International and Nebraska… Broke up six passes to rank fourth on the team… Recorded 12 tackles against Missouri… Had nine stops at Oklahoma State as well as eight at Colorado and seven vs. Central Michigan… Recorded at least five tackles in seven of the last nine games of the year.
2006 (Fr.): Appeared in seven games and made four starts… Missed the first five games of the season due to injury, but earned a starting nod for the final four contests of the year… Collected 32 total tackles including 27 solo stops… Had a season-high nine tackles against Kansas State… Recorded one tackle-for-loss (vs. Kansas State) during the season and also recovered one fumble (vs. Iowa State)… Ended the season with three pass break-ups.
2005 (RS): Redshirted.
High School: Was named offensive player of the year and team MVP for the Wildcats after both his junior and senior seasons… An all-state defensive back as a senior… Earned all-metro honors in 2004… Selected to participate in the 2005 Kansas Shrine Bowl… Collected 176 tackles and had nine interceptions on defense… Scored 32 career touchdowns… Earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track… Earned all-state honors in baseball… Helped the football team to three-straight KCK League championships from 2002-04… Coached in football by Darwin Franklin.
Personal: Born in Kansas City, Kan… Major is communication studies with a minor in business… Hobbies include sports, playing video games, watching movies and relaxing with friends… Likes to paint, draw and do motivational speaking… Son of Michelle Foulks and Darrell Stuckey… Has three brothers and three sisters… One sister is on the Iowa State women’s basketball team.
Up Close: Favorite Website – Godtube, Favorite Athlete – Kobe Bryant, Favorite Activities Other Than Football – Painting and drawing, Post-College Dream (other than NFL) – Family, Football is… An opportunity of a lifetime. The stage it can give an individual is unexplainable. It is amazing how gratifying it is.
Stuckey Defensive Stats
Year G UT AT Total TFL Int PBU FF FR
2006 7 27 5 32 1-1 0 3 0 1-0
2007 13 36 36 72 2-5 2-38 6 0 2-9
2008 13 60 38 98 4.5-8 5-33 7 2 1-0
2009 12 63 30 93 3.5-16 1-0 2 1 0-0
Totals 45 178 117 295 11-30 8-71 18 3 4-9