The Jayhawks are set to report for fall camp on Tuesday, but one player won’t be making it back. Kansas officials confirmed to KUSports.com that receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez has been dismissed from the team.
The university declined to elaborate on what led to Gonzalez’s departure; stating simply that he violated team rules.
The loss of Gonzalez is a blow for a team looking to make strides in 2017. Gonzalez showed potential as soon as he stepped foot on campus. A transfer from Texas A&M in 2015, he followed his former position coach, David Beaty, to Kansas as coach Beaty took over the Jayhawk program.
Entering his senior season in 2017, he was the Jayhawk’s second-leading returning receiver. He played in all 12 games and caught 62 passes last season for 729 yards and three touchdowns. The highlight of his season came against Kansas’ biggest rival, the Wildcats. He hauled in a 95-yard bomb from QB Carter Stanley in the third quarter in what would ultimately be a losing effort. He was also a key factor on special teams; returning a kickoff 99 yards for the score against Ohio. He was expected to be a special teams weapon this season as well.
Gonzalez gave the Jayhawks a speedster that could make plays in the open field. A weapon new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham would have likely enjoyed. The Jayhawks will now rely more on proven threat Steven Sims Jr., along with a bevy of younger guys the coaching staff is excited about.
Coach Beaty is expected to address the situation on Tuesday during his already scheduled press conference.