Although he played just one season at Kansas after transferring from the United States Military Academy, Gil Reich quickly established himself as one of the most determined performers in Jayhawk history. He was a standout as a cornerback, excelling in run support and as a punt returner. Reich earned all-conference and All-America honors for his performance as a defensive back. In addition, Reich split time as the starting quarterback with Jerry Robertson. He accounted for 428 yards in total offense and was credited with five touchdown passes. He averaged 17.2 yards on 19 punt returns and also served as the Jayhawks' punter and kicked extra points. Reich was also a two-sport standout, playing a significant role on the Jayhawks' 1952-53 basketball team. As a starting guard, Reich helped direct the Jayhawks to the 1953 National Championship game.