Elmore Hempstead Jr.
2019 (Sr.): Played in 10 of KU’s 12-game season … Broke up four passes, which tied for third-most amongst Jayhawks … Collected nine tackles throughout the year, seven of the solo variety and two assisted. Indiana State: Saw action in the season opener … Recorded one tackle … Coastal Carolina: Had playing time vs. the Chanticleers … at Boston College: Made two pass breakups against the Eagles, the most he has had in one game during his Jayhawk career … West Virginia: Saw action against the Mountaineers, but did not record any stats on the day … at TCU: Did not have in stats in his playing time in Fort Worth … Oklahoma: Matched his Kansas career high with a pass breakup against the Sooners … Notched a pair of tackles (one solo, one assisted) on the afternoon … at Texas: Contributed one solo tackle to the Jayhawks’ defensive effort against the nationally ranked Longhorns … Texas Tech:Made a season and career-high three solo tackles against the Red Raiders to help the Jayhawks to a 37-34 Homecoming victory … Also had one pass breakup in the game, which also tied his season/career highs … Kansas State: Did not play against the Wildcats …at Oklahoma State: Recorded a solo tackle against the nationally ranked Cowboys in Stillwater … at Iowa State: Assisted on one tackle against the Cyclones while in Ames.
2018 (Jr.): at Central Michigan: Made his Jayhawk debut seeing action at cornerback … Rutgers: Saw action at cornerback … Credited with his first tackle in the Crimson and Blue … at Baylor: Saw action on defense … Recorded two tackles … Oklahoma State: Saw action at cornerback … Credited with one tackle … Recorded his first-career interception as a Jayhawk … at West Virginia: Totaled one tackle … at Texas Tech: Saw action on special teams and in the secondary … Recorded three tackles … TCU: Recorded one tackle … Iowa State: Saw action in the secondary … Credited with two tackles.
2016-17 (Fr.-So. at Fort Scott CC): Rated a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com … Played for head coach Kale Pick, a former KU standout wide receiver, at FSCC … Tabbed Second Team All-KJCCC in 2017 … Tallied 18 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore … Also had five pass breakups and one tackle-for-loss … As a freshman, recorded 47 tackles, five interceptions, seven pass breakups and 1.5 TFLs … Picked up Honorable Mention All-KJCCC honors in 2016.
High School: Earned four letters in football playing for head coach Brian Strickland at Smackover HS … Helped lead SHS to a 26-7 record over his final three seasons … Earned all-state and all-conference honors in football … Also lettered in basketball and track & field … Named all-region and all-conference in basketball … An all-district honoree in track & field.
Personal: Son of Laprino Hempstead and Herbert Rayford … Has three sisters; Whitney Moore and Chelsea and Jillian Hempstead.