LAWRENCE — The quarterback transfer pipeline to Kansas could be growing again.
Former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard, who was released from his scholarship earlier this week, was on campus at KU on Wednesday morning and took in practice as a spectator.
Millweard, who was believed to be on an unofficial visit, was a redshirt in the UCLA program in 2012. He is currently exploring his options and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out a year to comply with NCAA transfer rules.
A 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback from Coleyville, Texas, Millweard picked UCLA in 2012 over a final list of schools that included Arkansas and Arizona State.
“I grew up in the Midwest and the South,” Millweard told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week. “UCLA is a great school, but it is a different fit for who I am.”
When he left All Saints Episcopal High School (Fort Worth, Texas), Millweard was rated as the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com. He is also believed to have family connections in the Kansas City area.
He would become the third notable transfer quarterback in the last two years for Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who also attracted former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and former BYU QB Jake Heaps to Kansas in January 2011. Crist was largely ineffective while playing last season as a graduate transfer, while Heaps, still just a junior, will take the reins this season.
“Hopefully,” Millweard said. “I’ll be able to find a spot that will give me the college experience I want.”
Slater update — Pearce Slater, a junior-college offensive lineman, continues to be missing from practice. After being a late arrival to fall camp, Slater returned home to California last weekend to deal with what KU officials deemed as a “family medical emergency.” On Wednesday, a KU official said Weis would have an update on Slater’s status when he meets reporters Friday.
Sims on watch list — James Sims, Kansas’ leading rusher in 2012, is a candidate for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given annually to the top offensive player in college football with ties to the state of Texas.
Sims, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in just nine games last season, is the Big 12’s returning rusher as he enters his senior season. A native of Irving, Texas, Sims’ 1,000-yard season — 1,013 to be exact — was just the 11th in school history. He also set a KU record by rushing for 100 yards in six straight games.
To be eligible for the Earl Campbell Award, players much exhibit a list of characteristics that defined Campbell, the former NFL star, as well as meet one of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.