Former Kansas Lineman Laptad Signs with Chicago Bears

Oct. 12, 2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears announced late Tuesday night that they have re-signed former Kansas defensive end Jake Laptad and placed him on the practice squad. Laptad worked out with the Bears during the preseason, but was released when the team had to trim its roster down to 53 players.

Laptad, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Tulsa, Okla., played in all four of the Bears’ preseason games and recorded one tackle on special teams.

Laptad was a four-year letterwinner at KU from 2007-10, leading the Jayhawks with 8 ½ tackles for a loss and 4 ½ sacks last season. He ranks second at KU with 21 career sacks and finished his career with 145 career tackles. Laptad was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention three times in his career and was a Freshman All-Big 12 Honoree by The Sporting News following the 2007 season.

He is one of eight former Jayhawks currently on an NFL roster, joining: wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and cornerback Aqib Talib (Tampa Bay), offensive tackle Anthony Collins (Cincinnati), safety Chris Harris (Denver), wide receiver Kerry Meier (Atlanta), fullback Moran Norris (San Francisco) and safety Darrell Stuckey (San Diego).

The Jayhawks will take on No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday at 8:15 p.m., in a game that can be seen nationally on ESPN2.