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2017-18 Season Highlights
- Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise earned All-Big 12 First Team honors from the league coaches, while eight other Jayhawks were also honored. DE Dorance Armstrong Jr., LB Joe Dineen Jr., and TE Ben Johnson each picked up All-Big 12 Second Team honors, while OL Hakeem Adeniji, K Gabriel Rui, WR Steven Sims Jr., and S Bryce Torneden were named Honorable Mention honorees.
- KU had 14 players pick up Academic All-Big 12 honors, including seven First Team honorees. The seven players on the First Team were WR Jeremiah Booker, OL Chris Hughes, OL Larry Hughes, LB Keith Loneker Jr., P Cole Moos, WR Keaton Perry and S Bryce Torneden.
- Kansas football’s Dorance Armstrong Jr., was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round, with the 116th pick. Being taken with the 116th pick marks the highest draftee for Kansas since 2010, when safety Darrell Stuckey was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round with the 110th pick.
- Linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., was named a Second Team All-American by Sports Illustrated. Dineen became the first Jayhawk to pick up All-America honors from the outlet since 2007 when cornerback/kick returner Aqib Talib was also on the second team.
- Dineen set the Kansas single-season tackles-for-loss mark with 25.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Dineen’s 25.0 TFLs led the Big 12 and ranked third in the FBS in 2017.
- Dineen led the FBS and Big 12 Conference in solo tackles per game with 7.8 per contest. It marked the fourth-straight season a Jayhawk has led the conference in solo tackles as Dineen follows in the footsteps of LB Ben Heeney (2014), S Fish Smithson (2015) and S Mike Lee (2016).
- Overall, Dineen led the Big 12 Conference in three defensive categories: TFLs (25.0), total tackles (137) and solo tackles (7.8 per game).
- Kicker Gabriel Rui led the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage at 85.0 on his way to earning all-conference honors. Rui connected on 17-of-20 field goals on the season.
- Running back Khalil Herbert rushed for a career-best 291 yards against West Virginia, which ranks third on KU’s single-game rushing list. Herbert carried the ball a career-high 36 times against the Mountaineers and also turned in a personal-best 67-yard carry against WVU. His two-game (Ohio, West Virginia) total of 428 rushing yards ranks third all-time in KU history for back-to-back rushing totals.
- Wide Receiver Steven Sims Jr., was named the Big 12 Conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week after recording a career-best 233-yard receiving performance on a career-high nine catches against K-State. His 233 receiving yards were the most for a Jayhawk since Dezmon Briscoe recorded 242 yards against Missouri in 2009, and rank as the third-most in Kansas single-game history.
- Quarterback Peyton Bender became the fastest Jayhawk to reach 1,000 career passing yards in the 127-year history of the program as he recorded 1,030 passing yards in his first three outings.