Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels would not return to the field in 2022.
According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Daniels suffered a severed right shoulder Saturday against TCU and is out for the rest of the season. Daniels was injured late in the second quarter when he was tackled as he rushed to the right sideline. His right shoulder hit the ground first and directly absorbed not only his own weight but also that of the defender.
Daniels had been one of the stars of the first half of the college football season as Kansas started the season 5-0 before losing to the Horned Frogs in Week 6. Daniels led a thrilling Kansas offense who is averaging nearly 40 points per game and KU’s early season success helped bring ESPN’s “College GameDay” pregame show to Lawrence for the first time for a football game before the game against TCU.
He finished the season 78th on 117 passes for 1,072 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Daniels is also the team’s second-leading running back with 53 carries for 341 yards and five scores.
Daniels was replaced by Jason Bean in the second half of the 38-31 loss to TCU and Bean will take over as the starter in Daniels’ absence. Bean threw for four second-half touchdowns in the loss and was the team’s starting quarterback in nine games in 2021 before an injury opened the door for Daniels to start late in the season.
Kansas visits Oklahoma in Week 6 before traveling to Baylor in Week 7 and then hosting currently undefeated Oklahoma State at home the first weekend in November. The Jayhawks need just one win in the final six games of the season to secure a spot in the bowl for the first time since their 8-5 win at the Insight Bowl in 2008. Current Kansas coach Lance Leipold is the Jayhawks’ sixth coach since that bowl appearance. .
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