Kansas football announced Wednesday evening that the team has landed wide receiver Nick Harwell. According to the KU athletics website, "Harwell has signed a grant in aid to join the KU football program in August."
The Jayhawks have a receiving corps with limited talent in Andrew Turzilli, Justin McCay and Josh Ford. The Jayhawks went all of last season without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver.
Now, Kansas has a little bit more firepower and a big target for quarterback Jake Heaps to throw to.
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis was pleased with Heaps' four-touchdown spring game earlier this offseason. Now, Weis is really looking forward to coaching this offense.
Under Weis' guidance, the Jayhawks offense should see some improvement. With the addition of Harwell, the returning Jayhawks have a better understanding of how Weis wants to run the offense.
Heaps also spent one year watching quarterback Dayne Crist in Kansas, giving him a better idea of the offense by spectating in games and participating in practice.
The Jayhawks still have a lot of room for improvement, but picking up Harwell can help the program turn a corner and move into the right direction. Kansas won two games in 2011 and just one game last season in Weis' first year. The Jayhawks are currently riding a 21-game conference losing streak, with their last conference win coming against Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.
Harwell, who played for Miami (Ohio), was the NCAA's second-leading receiver two years ago with nearly 130 receiving yards per game. He finished his sophomore year with 97 catches for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns.
Despite missing three games last season, Harwell placed 13th in the NCAA in receptions per game and 14th in receiving yards per game.