University of Kansas

KU football coach Turner Gill: Berglund will not practice during fall semester; Sands off team

Kansas coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that true freshman quarterback Brock Berglund will no longer be taking part in practice during the fall semester due to his ongoing legal issues but will remain a member of the KU football team.

"He plans to resume all team activities in the spring semester," Gill said.

Berglund, a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job. But he missed all of spring practice due to personal circumstances and was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an April incident at a party. Berglund, who has pled not guilty and stands trial in December, had already missed practices in fall camp to deal with the legal issue back in Colorado.

Gill said that this year will count as Berglund's redshirt year.

Additionally, Gill announced that, due to a violation of team policies, sophomore running back Deshaun Sands has been removed from the team effective immediately.

Sands, the son of former KU running back Tony Sands, was arrested on Saturday night for failing to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court, according to records from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Sands was also arrested for failure to appear last October.

Sands was not expected to be a big factor for KU this season.

Also, KU true freshman linebacker Ben Heeney was arrested July 16 and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to records from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Heeney is still with the team, and discipline is being handled internally.