Back on June, 29th Head coach Charlie Weis announced the signing of junior college transfer linebacker Jon Shelby. Shelby was Weis’s final player signed for the season, capping off the 27-player class of 2012.
Shelby played the past two seasons at Nassau Community College in New York. He helped lead the Lions to a 19-2 record during these two seasons, including a 10-0 mark in 2010 where Nassau finished third in the country. Shelby made 82 tackles, including 59 solo tackles. In addition, Shelby accumulated 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one fumble recovery.
The linebacker showed glimpses of being a standout as a senior in high school at Brockton High School, where he averaged 20 tackles per game. He also added four sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Shelby has the talent and skill to start right away and help out defensive coordinator Dave Campo’s defense. The Kansas linebacking crew includes stalwarts like Tunde Bakare, and Ben Heeny plus standout redshirt-freshman Jake Love, though expect Shelby to contribute immediately. The Jayhawks defense can look to Shelby as a leader right away, something they need for a young linebacking crew, as Bakare is the lone senior.