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Kansas loses two offensive linemen before start of fall camp

Kansas football coach David Beaty announced the departure of two offensive lineman from the team’s already thin roster Wednesday. The begins practice Thursday.
Kansas football coach David Beaty announced the departure of two offensive lineman from the team’s already thin roster Wednesday. The begins practice Thursday. file photo

Kansas football coach David Beaty announced the departure of two sophomore offensive linemen on Wednesday, leaving a bare-bones roster even thinner as the Jayhawks reported for the start of fall camp.

Joey Bloomfield has retired from football while Junior Visinia is no longer with the program, Beaty said in a release.

Kansas, which counted 64 scholarship players for most of the summer months, continues to suffer from roster attrition as Beaty attempts to lay a foundation in his first season. Bloomfield, a native of Louisville, Ky., came to Kansas in 2013 but never played a snap. He took a redshirt during the 2013 season and didn’t play in 2014. Visinia, a Grandview, Mo., graduate, started three games as a freshman in 2014, replacing the injured Ngalu Fusimalohi during the season’s final three weeks.

KU didn’t not announce a reason for the departure of Visinia, who was expected to be a factor in the offensive line this season. The losses of Visinia and Bloomfield shine a light on an offensive line that could face some depth issues in 2015. Junior Jordan Shelley-Smith, who represented Kansas at Big 12 media day, is expected to be in the mix at one tackle position, while former juco transfer Larry Mazyck also returns for his senior season. Redshirt freshman Jacob Bragg and sophomore Joe Gibson could be a factor on the interior of the line.

Kansas listed 15 offensive lineman on its summer roster, which was expected to be updated this week.

Reach Bob Lutz at 316-268-6597 or blutz@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @boblutz.

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