Five Jayhawks Invited to Attend Rookie Mini-Camp Tryouts
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following the completion of the 2016 National Football League Draft, five Jayhawks found their way to the league via the free agent route. Ben Goodman, Jr., Taylor Cox, De’Andre Mann, Larry Mazyck and T.J. Semke earned a rookie mini-camp invite with their respective teams.
Goodman, who calls Beaumont, Texas, home, will take part in rookie mini-camp with the New York Jets. A defensive end, Goodman picked up honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2015 after totaling 51 tackles, a team-best 9.5 tackles-for-loss and a team-high 5.5 sacks. During his Kansas career, Goodman played in 47 games, starting 36. He collected 127 tackles, 21.5 TFLs and 10.5 sacks.
Cox, a Mill Creek, Washington, native, has agreed to attend the rookie mini-camp with the Dallas Cowboys. A running back, Cox saw action in 22 games for Kansas after transferring in from College of the Siskiyous. He carried the ball 176 times for 739 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Mann, also a running back, is a rookie mini-camp invite of the Atlanta Falcons. The Miami, Florida, native came to Kansas from Hartnell College, playing in 20 games during his two-year Jayhawk career. Mann rushed 161 times for 786 yards and a score, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He also hauled in 18 receptions for 132 yards.
Mazyck, an offensive lineman, has been invited to rookie mini-camp with the Houston Texans. A native of Washington D.C., he played in all 24 games during his two years at KU, starting 13 at left tackle. Helped the Jayhawks compile 576 yards of total offense against South Dakota State in 2015, its highest offensive output since 2007.
Semke played primarily on defense during his collegiate career, but will be attending rookie mini-camp with the New Orleans Saints as a fullback. A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native, Semke saw action in 35 games during his three-year Jayhawk career. He started six games in 2014 on the defensive line and registered 25 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick during his time at KU.
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