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As a member of the Football Writers Association of America, I am privileged to get a preliminary ballot for the FWAA All-America Team. Among my selections this year is Kansas freshman CB Karon Prunty. Let me explain why.
Prunty, out of Portsmouth (VA) Norcom, earned a three-star ranking by 247 Sports, and committed to Kansas after originally pledging to Liberty. As someone who covered Prunty for his senior season at Norcom, he is a true athlete. I have seen him play games and score in all three phases.
This season at Kansas has been rough, but if Jayhawks fans can take one thing as a silver lining, it has to be Prunty’s play.
“I had confidence that I was going to start this year,” Prunty said during a recent press conference. “The older guys really helped me out like Mayberry and Jones. They fed me knowledge during fall camp and that really helped to start the year.”
With ten pass breakups, Prunty leads freshmen across the nation. His 26 tackles are good for first amongst Jayhawk corners. Prunty has also only allowed 38.5% of passes thrown his way to be completed (7th among FBS freshmen) and has not allowed a touchdown all season. On passes that have been completed, he’s only allowed a total of 52 yards after the catch this season.
The Portsmouth, VA native has started nine games this season for the Jayhawks.
“It was a dream come true,” Prunty said of making his first start so early. “It was my dream and it was really special to me.”
Singing Prunty’s Praises
While Kansas has been abysmal, Prunty has emerged as a potential future star in the Big 12. This past weekend against Texas Tech, he snagged his first pick and forced a fumble. Prunty has also been garnering praise from head coach Les Miles.
“I think he’s going to be a great one,” Miles says of Prunty. “I think he realizes he has ability, and he’s going to use that ability the best he can.”
Fellow defensive back Kenny Logan, Jr. also has heaped praise on the freshman.
“Karon’s been playing with a lot of growth and a lot of development this year,” Logan, Jr. said. “We continue to depend on him to make big plays each and every game.”