2020 WR Keenan Hambrick Announces His Commitment

first_imgMemorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats.LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Les Miles continues to do work on the recruiting trail at Kansas. The Jayhawks’ head coach landed another commitment on Saturday night.Keenan Hambrick, a three-star wide receiver out of Athens, Alabama, has become the first player in the 2020 class to commit to Kansas.The 6-foot-4 wide receiver had scholarship offers from a couple of other schools, but ended up choosing the Jayhawks.The wide receiver announced his commitment on Twitter:COMMITTED 🔴🔵#Rockchalk @KU_EJones @Co_Jackson21 @ChadSimmons_ @Rivalsfbcamps @Yellowhammer247 @Mansell247 @CoachSmothers5 @coachgross73 pic.twitter.com/ttPT0hgDit— Keenan Hambrick (@TheKino_2) February 23, 2019Kusports.com had more:The Jayhawks already have their first commitment for Miles’ second KU class, thanks to a decision from Keenan Hambrick on Saturday.A 6-foot-4 receiver from Athens, Ala., Hambrick was one of several high school juniors in Lawrence this weekend for the program’s second Junior Day of the month.The first member of KU’s 2020 recruiting class told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that Miles extended a scholarship offer during his visit, and Hambrick was on board before leaving the coach’s office.Miles obviously has his work cut out for him at Kansas, but he’s not wasting any time getting things rolling on the recruiting trail.last_img read more

Packers Philbin dusts off offensive playcalling duties

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it’s not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach.It’s been a while since Philbin has called plays.“Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe,” Philbin said.Now he takes over the job on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons following the Packers’ firing of Mike McCarthy , who also called the plays.The last time Philbin had that task?“I think it was at Northeastern if I’m not mistaken,” said Philbin, who was offensive co-ordinator of the Northeastern Huskies in 1995-96.He does have a wealth of experience. A 16-year NFL coaching veteran, Philbin’s college coaching resume goes back to Tulane in 1984. He’s in his second stint as offensive co-ordinator in Green Bay, having held the job when the Packers won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season, and when the offence set franchise records the next season.Philbin was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15. He spent two seasons on the Colts’ staff before returning to Green Bay this year. He has been heavily involved in planning, installation and putting together play scripts. He met regularly with McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.This week, though, will be a little different.“Sometimes, because I wasn’t calling the plays, I could kind of peek ahead a little bit so we could move forward a little bit,” Philbin said. “I think that will be the biggest difference. I’m not going to be looking at our next opponent until the game is over.”“And then obviously just sequencing the calls the right way and hopefully they work when we call ’em,” he added.McCarthy was fired after a 20-17 loss on Sunday at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. His specialty was offence, but once-prolific production had slacked off. Empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays have been season-long issues. Rodgers’ completion percentage is his lowest in three seasons, though he has still thrown just one interception this year. Drops by receivers especially plagued the Packers on Sunday.“I just think you really need to be better in situational offence if you want to win games, so we’re going to pay a little more attention, even more attention, to that the next couple weeks,” Rodgers said, “because we’ve got to fix that if we want to win games.”The change does present a unique wrinkle to how Falcons coach Dan Quinn prepares his defence. He can get his team ready for the unique skill sets of Rodgers and top receiver Davante Adams. But he can’t study Philbin’s tendencies when it comes to calling plays.“The analogy I told the team today,” Quinn said, “if we all had the same playbook, we wouldn’t all call plays in the same way or the same style even though it’s all part of it.”It helps to have a quarterback of Rodgers’ calibre to have input on concepts and schemes, Quinn said. But there isn’t a lot of background into figuring out Philbin’s tendencies in clutch situations, such as on third down. Quinn calls those “Got to have it moments.”“Those, hey, you better be ready to call your best stuff because those aren’t scripted. Those are off the cuff,” he said.An intangible is the familiarity between Rodgers and Philbin, who was on staff for the quarterback’s rookie season in 2005. They’ve worked together during highly productive seasons. They apparently share a similar sense of humour.“A lot of dry humour. Joe is, every time he talks he reminds us about how simple this game is,” Rodgers said. “It comes down to the little things and he’s always reminding us and harping on those things.”NOTES: RG Byron Bell (knee) and RT Bryan Bulaga (knee/illness), who both left in the second quarter against Arizona, missed practice. … CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) and S Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion) were limited.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGenaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more