University of Kansas

KU football could get at least two defensive starters back Saturday

Kansas linebacker Marcquis Roberts is expected to play this weekend.
Kansas linebacker Marcquis Roberts is expected to play this weekend. Associated Press

The Kansas football team should have a more complete roster when it plays host to Ohio on Saturday.

KU coach David Beaty said Monday that two of his team’s projected starters would return, while two other contributors had a chance to play coming off injuries.

Beaty said definitively that linebacker Marcquis Roberts and defensive lineman D.J. Williams, who combined for 18 starts last season, would play Saturday. Beaty did not mention an injury with either.

Senior tackle Jordan Shelley-Smith sat out after suffering a concussion. He started nine games at left tackle in 2015, with Beaty saying he was “questionable” for this week.

“We’re still being very cautious with him,” Beaty said, “and making sure his health is great before we put him back in.”

Sophomore receiver Jeremiah Booker also missed Saturday with a high ankle sprain. Beaty was hopeful that he would return Saturday.

“You talk about a hard-working dude … he really is,” Beaty said. “I know he was crushed not getting on the field.”

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