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Jalon Daniels announces plans to return to Kansas for 2024 season

Injured KU QB committed to continuing to elevate the program he started with

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Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels fires a pass to a receiver during the Jayhawks' home win over BYU earlier this season. [Chance Parker photo]

The future plans of injured Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels have been a pretty popular topic throughout the past couple of months.

With KU fans. With skeptics. With rivals. And around Lawrence.

On Thursday afternoon, in a couple of social media posts, Daniels put to bed any thoughts that he might be leaving KU in the offseason and pledged his continued commitment to the program, coach Lance Leipold and building Kansas football into a consistent winner.

It remains to be seen what happens both in 2024 an beyond 2024, but, as long as Daniels does not play this weekend against Kansas State — 6 p.m. kickoff at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on FS1 (he's not, by the way) — then he will be guaranteed the opportunity to redshirt the 2023 season, which would give him two seasons of eligibility remaining at Kansas.

Players can play in 4 games in any given season and still redshirt. Daniels has played in three this year so far and, thanks to a recent change in the rules, bowl games do not count against a player's games played each season. So, even if he misses this weekend — which he will — and plays at Cincinnati — which he won't — he still would only have played in four games and be eligible to redshirt.

Again, we know that Daniels has NFL aspirations. And maybe he returns, crushes it in 2024 and is gone after that. But it's at least now within the realm of possibilities for him to be the Jayhawks' starting QB for the next two seasons, provided he can get and stay healthy.

Plenty of time to break all of that down in the future.

For now, here’s a look at those posts.

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