Jayhawk Football Announces 2019 Football Captains

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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

Head coach Les Miles announced Saturday that Hakeem Adeniji, Bryce Torneden and Kyle Thompson will serve as team captains for the 2019 football season.

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All three Jayhawks, as selected by their teammates, are serving as captains for the first time in their careers.

Adeniji, of Garland, Texas, is a three-time letterwinner for the Jayhawks, and was recently named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List (top offensive player in Division l who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell) as well as the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List (top interior lineman). Adeniji also picked up All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the first time in his career last season, after being recognized as an honorable mention honoree in his first two seasons as a Jayhawk.

Lawrence native Torneden enters his senior season as a three-time letterwinner with the Jayhawks, while being named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (community service) ahead of the season. Torneden has been a prime leader for the Jayhawks in the community on and off the field, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention honors in 2018 and was selected as one of the Big 12 Conference’s two football players tabbed for the NCAA’s Football Student-Athlete Connection Group.

Thompson has also earned preseason honors, being named to the prestigious Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List for the nation’s top collegiate punter. Thompson, of El Cajon, California, was the Big 12’s top punter in 2018, averaging 43.3 yards per punt, including 17 kicks of 50 yards or longer. Thompson turned in a career-long 76-yard punt in KU’s season-finale against Texas last season.

Kansas hosts Indiana State on Saturday, August 31 inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. The game kicks off at 11 a.m., CT and will be televised on FSN.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.