Kansas City Chiefs safety Bradley McDougald and fullback Toben Opurum must be thinking they’re a couple of tennis balls in a circus clown’s suitcase. I don’t know how they can’t with the way they’ve been juggled in their football careers.
Opurum was Kansas University‘s leading rusher as a true freshman, under coach Mark Mangino in 2009. He had been recruited by KU while in high school two years prior. That was the year Mangino led the Jayhawks to a Big XII North Championship and an Orange Bowl victory.
One year later, he was being moved between linebacker and defensive end under new coach Turner Gill. A major reason for Toben accepting the move was the promise it would make him more “draft-able”. He finished his career at KU under a third coach, Charlie Weiss (former Chiefs’ offensive coordinator), having not won a conference game in two years.
Kansas teammate, McDougald, went through the same story with the Jayhawks; he even changed his commitment from Ohio State to KU in hopes of being a starting wide receiver. By the end of his sophomore season, he was a safety.
Neither player was drafted, but both eventually signed contracts with Kansas City. The Chiefs moved Opurum back to offense as a fullback, and he made the practice squad. McDougald was cut and then re-signed two days later.
Bradley has been on and off the Chiefs’ squad five times this season. Today, he was placed back on the practice squad; he took Toben’s spot and he was released. I used to call it “Jayhawk Juggling” when they were in college. It appears the Chiefs have taken up the game.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook