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Jalon Daniels Expected to Play Week 2 vs. Illinois: Report

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Kansas fans got some good news on Sunday morning regarding the status of Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Jalon Daniels, who was held out of the Jayhawks Week 1 matchup against Missouri State due to back tightness.

According to a report from the ActionNetwork’s Brett McMurphy, Daniels is expected to play on Friday when the Jayhawks take the field against Illinois in Week 2 of the college football season.


Jason Bean suited up for Kansas in the Jayhawks Week 1 matchup and shined in place of the injured Daniels. The redshirt senior quarterback stepped in for the Jayhawks and put together a solid outing going 22-28 for 276 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, while adding five carries for 41 yards on the ground.

Health has been a major concern of Jalon Daniels during his time in Lawrence as the California native has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons at Kansas. Daniels has been impressive when he’s been on the field, and led the Jayhawks to a 6-7 record last season, earning the program’s first bowl game appearance game since the 2008 season.

Daniels has totaled 4,118 all purpose yards and 39 total touchdowns during his time at Kansas, and with his senior season set to kick off on Friday night, the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year has a chance to start the 2023 season off with a bang against a tough Illinois team.

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