Lawrence — Kenny Logan Jr. made up his mind.
This was before Logan played for Kansas Football this season. This was before the senior safety played his part in the Jayhawks’ first bowl-qualifying season since 2008. Logan entered the 2022 campaign as one of Kansas’ top talent, earning the title of Jay. It was meant to be my last year with the Hawks.
But the season itself has begun, and the ups and downs experienced by Logan and the Jayhawks (6-6, 3-6 in the Big 12 conference). Then I got feedback on how he was doing, both good and bad. When Logan thought about the future and how he could best position himself to succeed, he decided that towards the end of the regular season, he would actually play another year. In Kansas in 2023.
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“I felt like it was the best thing for me and the program,” said Logan, who was able to play another year because he was in college during the pandemic-affected 2020 season. “I spoke with[head]coach[Lance]Leipold and he gave me feedback on what he thought was best for me and what he thought would help me going forward.
Logan didn’t go into too much detail, but allowed discussions with Leipold on various topics. Leipold told him it would be better if he came back, as Logan said.
It meant a lot to Logan that Leipold pushed him to stay, both privately and publicly. Logan explained that the two have a strong relationship. And in some ways it felt like Logan was going through the recruitment process again.
Whether or not Logan will start as consistently next year as he has this season and the two before it, he will be someone with a wealth of experience in the Jayhawks and someone who has led the team in tackles in 2021 and 2022. will provide Even if he’s not the captain, he’ll continue to be one he’s the face of defense. For defensive coordinator Brian Bolland, Logan’s official announcement earlier this month served as a sort of early Christmas present.
“I had my own feelings and doubts about it before it all happened, but yeah, it’s good that he’s back,” Borland said. I think it will be and it will help prepare him even more, but at the same time it’s kind of a win-win situation because we can have one of the best players with us for another year. So I’m excited and happy about it.”
First, Logan will do his part to help Kansas win their first bowl game since 2008. He will face the Arkansas offense at his bowl of Liberty in Memphis on Wednesday. But then all eyes will be on expectations for 2023, when Logan hopes to continue to grow as a player and help the Jayhawks grow as a program.
Senior linebacker Rich Miller, who is also set to return next year, sees it as very important to have someone with a lot of experience behind him. Miller knows Logan will go all out. And Miller knows Logan wants the final season they play in to be special.
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