For the most part, the energy and excitement around this weekend is about who is leaving the program to play at the next level, but Kansas fans have a major addition to cheer about. Former Nebraska offensive lineman Zach Hannon announced on Thursday that he is transferring to the Jawhawks.
— Zach Hannon (@_HannonZach72) April 27, 2017
Hannon, a graduate transfer, announced he was leaving Nebraska back on April 1st in order to try to play somewhere closer to home as his father battles stage 2 prostate cancer.
Originally a 3-star prospect out of Kansas City, MO, Hannon chose Nebraska over Kansas and others in 2013. After redshirting his freshman year, Hannon saw action as part of the punt team his redshirt freshman and junior years, and he was expected to give the Cornhuskers depth along the o-line at the guard position this fall.
Hannon will be eligible to play right away as he is on track to graduate in May with a marketing and management degree. This season will be his final year of eligibility, and he will give the Jayhawks some much-needed depth along the line — something coach David Beaty has to has to be excited about.
“It felt good that people were interested in me. When I was talking to Coach (Mike) Riley about transferring he told me offensive linemen are like gold,” Hannon told the Jayhawk Slant. “I took visits to a couple different places. It was just one of those things where I did my due diligence but Kansas felt like home.”