LAWRENCE – Kansas football coach Charlie Weis unveiled a last-minute addition to the roster on Thursday morning, adding former Maryland receiver Nigel King to the program.
King (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) graduated from Maryland last week and will be eligible to play this season. He was listed as a backup on the first depth chart of fall camp, released Thursday as players reported to Lawrence. The Jayhawks begin practice on Friday.
“This all happened fast,” Weis said on Thursday, as he met the media for the first time this season.
King had 33 catches for 450 yards as a redshirt sophomore at Maryland in 2013. King graduated in three seasons and will have two years of eligibility at Kansas. He was also listed as a backup before his junior season at Maryland.
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“We’re excited that he’s here,” offensive coordinator John Reagan said. “Coming from a program where they’ve had some success, and he’s had some, we’re excited to put him in the two-deep and see where he fits in.”
For now, Kansas lists seniors Nick Harwell, Tony Pierson and Justin McCay as the starting receivers. King is listed behind Pierson at the “Z” receiver spot, while juniors Rodriguez Coleman and Tre’ Parmalee are also listed as backups.
On Thursday, Weis wanted to wait before offering expectations for King — to this point, he’s only seen him on film. But he was pleased to add another experienced pass-catcher to a receiving corps that has languished as a persistent problem during the last two seasons.
“Experience and production,” Weis said. “The guy has produced. The guy has made plays (and) scored touchdowns. It would be nice to have some receivers scoring some touchdowns.”
FALL CAMP NOTES
Weis said junior middle linebacker Schyler Miles underwent arthroscopic knee surgery a few weeks ago and should be “day to day” as practice begins on Friday. Miles is listed as a backup to senior Ben Heeney on the depth chart.
While sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart was the expected No. 1 on the depth chart, Weis split the difference at the backup spot, listing junior Michael Cummings and sophomore T.J. Millweard as co-No. 2s.
Sophomore kicker Matthew Wyman and true freshman kicker John Duvic will battle it out for field-goal duties; Wyman and Duvic were listed as co-No. 1s on the depth chart.
Weis mentioned two newcomers who were expected to be late to fall camp. Freshman linebacker Josh Ehambe is working through an academic issue after attending Prime Prep Academy, an Arlington, Texas, high school that has faced closure. Meanwhile, junior-college transfer Damani Mosbi, listed at buck linebacker, is finishing up a final class before heading to Lawrence, Weis said.