Hannon only played tackle for a week, liked the game action

Jon Kirby, Publisher- Football Editor
Jayhawk Slant

When Zach Hannon was being recruited out of Rockhurst High School he had offers from all over the country. Schools from the Pac 12, Big 12, ACC, and SEC were trying to lure the offensive lineman.

Hannon had to go all the way back to his high school days to remember the last time he played the tackle position.

“I haven’t played tackle since high school so it was different,” Hannon said.

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When offensive line coach Zach Yenser called his number last Saturday against Ohio to go in the game everything seemed new. One reason is the previous week in practice was the first time he’s had a chance to play the tackle position in a long time.

“I just got thrown in there at tackle,” he said. “I got moved there last week. Me being a shorter tackle it can be tough at times to get your hands on defensive ends.”

When playing guard linemen play with their hand on the ground. In the Jayhawks scheme the tackles most of the time are standing up in a two-point stance.

“It was definitely different,” he said. “But it was fun when you are on an island, as they call it, just you one-on-one against that defensive end. You get an opportunity to showcase what you have.”

Hannon announced in April he was leaving the University of Nebraska and would make the move to Lawrence. It was a big decision because it also involved his wife Jennifer and daughter Harper. Since he has joined the team he has brought experience to a young offensive line group.

“He loved Coach Riley,” said Kansas head coach David Beaty. “He loved his time at Nebraska. He graduated. He's got a child, is married. He's a real serious guy, real serious about his craft. But having him in that locker room and really being able to speak truth into guys about how good they really have it here, what a phenomenal place this place is.”

This is Hannon’s final year of college football. He’s happy he made the decision to pick Lawrence as his final stop.

“It is a family atmosphere and you can tell all of the coaches treat us like their own sons,” Hannon said. “At the same time they have a deep passion for us and the game. That is one thing that is invaluable. You can’t get that everywhere.”

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