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Two players leave KU football program; Jake Heaps’ status unchanged

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.

— Names keep disappearing from the Kansas football roster, but one rather prominent one remains.

Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon are no longer with the program after being dropped from the roster on the KU athletics website, but quarterback Jake Heaps, the subject of transfer reports, is still listed on the team.

In late April, both ESPN and a reporter on Utah-based KOAL radio reported that Heaps was transferring from Kansas after one season. But Kansas coach Charlie Weis, through a KU official, responded to those reports, saying that Heaps was in a team meeting the same day. Kansas and Heaps have remained quiet during the final weeks of the spring semester, and a KU official said Tuesday that his status was unchanged.

Faifili, meanwhile, was a junior college transfer from American River College in Sacramento, Calif. He missed most of last season because of an undisclosed injury. Hollomon was a junior college transfer from Pierce College, the same school that produced defensive end Marquel Combs and linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore, both members of last year’s junior college class. Combs left the program last fall, while Jenkins-Moore took a medical redshirt.

A Kansas football official confirmed that Faifili and Hollomon were correctly removed from the roster but had no official comment about their departures.

Faifili and Hollomon join receiver Ish Hyman and defensive lineman Ty McKinney as players that have left the program in recent months. KU said receiver Mark Thomas, who is also not on the roster, remains suspended indefinitely after being arrested in late March on the allegation of alleged sexual battery. The case is still under investigation.

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