KU kicker Hoge leaves team to concentrate on academics

LAWRENCE | Kansas redshirt freshman placekicker Stephen Hoge has left the program, his father, John Hoge, said on Monday night.

“He wanted to concentrate on academics,” John Hoge said. “He wants to go to medical school. It was just a matter of time consumption.”

Hoge began the fall atop the kicking depth chart. Now, the job will go to either junior-college transfer Grady Fowler of Butler Community College or redshirt sophomore Jacob Branstetter. Mangino never named Hoge the starter.

Hoge has already returned home to Oklahoma City, where he has enrolled in a local school.

KU is trying to replace Scott Webb, who graduated last year after 18 of 26 field goals and 66 of 67 extra points. Hoge becomes the third player to transfer from the program in the last two weeks. Running backs Carmon

Boyd-Anderson and Donte Bean announced their intention to transfer last Sunday and Monday, respectively.