Jayhawks Opened spring ball on Tuesday
Marrongelli earns fourth academic all-conference selection
(22)Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2 OT)
Kansas travels to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech at 11 a.m., Saturday.
Jayhawk coach previews Texas game
Career Honors: 2012: Earned Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors... Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during spring semester.
2012 (So.): Converted from wide receiver to defensive back in the opening weeks of the season... Played in eight games, including three starts in the defensive backfield... Finished season with 15 tackles, one TFL and three pass breakups... Made first career tackle and recorded a pass breakup at Oklahoma... Registered three tackles and a pass breakup in back-to-back games against Texas Tech and Iowa State... Collected a career-high seven stops at West Virginia, including a TFL for a one-yard loss.
2011 (Fr.): Played in 10 games, making two starts at wide receiver ... Made collegiate debut against McNeese State ... Totaled 107 yards on three catches, including two touchdowns, in his first game ... Became first Jayhawk freshman to record 100 yards receiving in a game since 1997 ... Also first Kansas player to record 100 yards receiving since 2009 season finale ... Scored his first touchdown on a 56-yard catch ... Recorded three receptions for 82 yards at Oklahoma State ... Scored third touchdown of the season on a 68-yard catch, which was the longest reception by a Jayhawk of 2011 ... Matched a season high with three catches against Oklahoma ... Tallied two catches for 23 yards against Kansas State ... One of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011.
High School: Ranked by Rivals.com as the 82nd-best wide receiver in the country... Listed at No. 26 on HSGameTime's Dallas-area top 100... Earned all-state honorable mention honors and all-district recognition... Pulled in 71 catches for 992 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior... Had 46 receptions for 672 yards and seven scores as a junior... Lettered three seasons while playing wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner and quarterback... Earned academic all-state honorable mention honors... Also played basketball for three years.
Personal: Born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas... Son of Jonathan Shepherd and Roshunda Smith... Has three sisters and two brothers... Father played football at Baylor... Plans to major in accounting.