LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis previously announced the Kansas Spring Football game would be played on Saturday, April 12 and on Thursday the full schedule of spring football dates was released, highlighted by the 1 p.m., kickoff of the annual game which will be held in Memorial Stadium.
Weis and his program will open up spring practice on Thursday, March 6, and the schedule will conclude with the 1 p.m., game on Saturday, April 12. The Jayhawks will get four practices in before taking a one-week hiatus for Spring Break, and then will return starting on Sunday, March 23 for three-straight weeks of practice leading up to the game.
Per NCAA rules, KU will hold 15 practices during the spring season. As a safety precaution, in two of the practice sessions players will be limited to helmets only. Additionally, in a third session players are only allowed to dress out in helmets and shoulder pads, as they are required to go through an acclimatization period. The remaining 12 practice sessions players are able to wear full pads and participate in live contact drills for a portion of practice.
Other spring dates announced are: Kansas Football Coaches Clinic (Friday/Saturday, March 28-29), Hannah and Friends Football Clinic with Charlie Weis and the Kansas Football Team (Saturday, April 5) and the Train Like a Jayhawk Kid's Clinic (Saturday, April 12). More information on these events, including times and locations, will be provided at a later date.
Kansas will enter spring football returning 33 letterwinners, including 19 starters, from the 2013 season. On offense KU welcomes back dynamic wide receiver Tony Pierson, while All Big 12 linebacker Ben Heeney and 2013 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Isaiah Johnson return as the leaders of the Jayhawk defense.