Four Jayhawks scheduled to play in the 2019 Tropical Bowl January 13
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football will be well-represented at the fourth-annual SPIRAL Tropical Bowl, which will be held Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m., (CT). Linebacker Brian Lipscomb, tight end Mavin Saunders, wide receiver/kick returner Ryan Schadler and offensive lineman Dwayne Wallace will look to showcase their skills in an effort to secure a spot at the next level, while also representing Kansas football on the all-star level.
The quartet of Jayhawks will travel to Daytona Beach Thursday, Jan. 10, with practices slated for both Friday and Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s Tropical Bowl. The 2019 game will be video live streamed by FloSports here. A FloFootball subscription is required.
Schadler will suit up for the American (White) Team at the 2019 Tropical Bowl, where he will be coached by experienced FBS coach Todd Littlejohn, who has coached for New Mexico State and the University of California.
Lipscomb, Saunders and Wallace will play for the National (Blue) Team, where they will be coached by Jim Collins, has been a SPIRAL Bowl head coach, defensive coordinator and director of coaches/operations since its inception in 2016.
More than 110 Tropical Bowl participants have gone on to the NFL, while 26 NFL teams were in attendance and more than 70 total scouts flew in for the event in 2018.
Schadler saw action in 36 career games at KU, starting one at wide receiver in 2017. He earned All-Big 12 Third Team honors from Phil Steele Magazine in 2015 as a kick returner and is a five time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, while also earning Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors in 2017 and 2018.
Lipscomb saw action in all 12 games for the Jayhawks in 2018, starting six at defensive end. He finished the year with 27 tackles, including 6.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. Lipscomb played in just one season for KU after graduating and transferring from VMI.
During his lone season at KU, Saunders played in nine games, hauling in four receptions for 32 yards. His season-long reception of 18 yards at West Virginia doubled as his lone touchdown of the season. Saunders spent his first four seasons at Florida State before graduating and transferring to Kansas.
Wallace played in all 12 games for the Jayhawks in 2018, starting 10 games at right guard. He helped pave the way for Kansas’ rushing attack that produced a 1,000-yard rusher in freshman Pooka Williams Jr. Wallace spent one season at KU after graduating and transferring from Cal.