Jayhawk Insider: Football's Faces in the Crowd
Get to know some new faces of the Kansas football team.
POOKA WILLIAMS JR.
Fr. | RB | 5-10 | 170 | Marrero, La.
Pooka Williams might be the most intriguing freshman from KU’s 2018 recruiting class. The 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound running back lit up every opponent in the New Orleans area his senior season of high school as he rushed for 3,118 yards with 37 touchdowns. The Hahnville High School product was named New Orleans Metro Player of the Year and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/Louisiana Sports Writers Association Mr. Football. Williams’ recruitment shot up during his senior season as his numbers brought college coaches from all over the country to watch him play. He committed to KU in February of 2017 and stayed true to the Jayhawks after some serious interest from LSU. Look to watch the electrifying back tear up Big 12 defenses as a true freshman.
Sr. | OL | 6-2 | 300 | Toronto, Canada
As a graduate transfer from the University of Houston, Alex Fontana has already locked in a starting job on KU’s offensive line as the center. Fontana played 11 games his junior season before sitting out his senior season due to injury. The Toronto, Canada native came from the New Mexico Military Institute to Houston as an Honorable Mention Honoree of the All-Western States Football League and was one of the team’s integral starters his first season. As the starting center this season, Fontana has a huge role on the offensive line as he looks to back up Peyton Bender week one.
Fr. | CB | 6-1 | 180 | New Orleans
Corione Harris was the cornerstone of KU’s 2018 recruiting class and looks to be the Jayhawks’ lockdown corner for the next three to four years. The former LSU commit chose Kansas over Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and many others. As a four-star recruit, Harris had the attention of many college coaches, but he decided to come play for Kansas. The relationship he had with head coach David Beaty and associate head Coach Tony Hull was what led his talents to Lawrence. The New Orleans, Louisiana native enrolled a semester early to play spring ball, Harris has already impressed coaches and will play a large amount as a true freshman.
Sr. | DE | 6-2 | 232 | Hampton, Va.
Brian Lipscomb is another one of the many graduate transfers on this year’s KU squad, as he came in from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) after four seasons there. During his four years at VMI, Lipscomb was a key piece to its defense, playing in 11 games his redshirt-junior season with 72 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-2-inch, 232-pound defensive end has already solidified a spot among KU’s starting defense and looks to fill the shoes of now-Dallas Cowboy Dorance Armstrong Jr.