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Jelani Arnold

Position Defensive Line
Height 6'2''
Weight 265 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Irving, Texas
High School MacArthur HS

Career Honors: 2020: Academic All-Big 12 Football First Team. 2019: Academic All-Big 12 Second Team; Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring). 2017: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall).

2020 (Jr.): Academic All-Big 12 Football First Team … Played in five games for the Jayhawks on the defensive line … Did not record any stats on the season. at Baylor: Made his first appearance of the season against the Bears in Waco but did not record any stats … Oklahoma State: Played against the Cowboys but did not record any stats … at West Virginia: Saw playing time in Morgantown, but did not record any stats against the Mountaineers … at Kansas State: Did not have stats in his playing time against the Wildcats in Manhattan …. Iowa State: Made his sixth outing of the season against the Cyclones.

2019 (So.): Academic All-Big 12 Second Team … Played in 11 of KU’s 12 games on the season, missing only the Texas contest in Austin … Tallied two solo tackles for the Jayhawks on the year. Indiana State: Saw playing time in the season opener … Had one tackle … Coastal Carolina: Did not record any stats in his playing time vs. the Chanticleers … at Boston College: Played in his third-straight game of the season for the Jayhawks, but did not record any statistics … West Virginia: Saw playing time in the Jayhawks’ Big 12-season opener, but did not record any stats … at TCU: Tied his career high for tackles with one against the Horned Frogs … Oklahoma: Did not record any stats in his playing time vs. the No. 6/4-ranked Sooners … Played in the last five games of the season (Texas Tech, Kansas State, at Oklahoma State, at Iowa State and Baylor) for the Jayhawks, but did not record any statistics. 

2018 (RFr.): Did not see any game action.

2017 (Fr.): Redshirted his first season at Kansas.

High School: Earned three letters in football at MacArthur HS under head coach Ronny Mullins … Led MacArthur with 98 tackles, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior … Named MacArthur’s MVP on defense in 2014, 2015 and 2016 … Also lettered in track & field … Earned track & field MVP honors in 2016 and 2017.

Personal: Son of Me’cha and Kenzie Arnold … Has one older brother, Gyasi Gibson … Majoring in sports management … Earned Magna Cum Laude honors all four years of high school.