Jalon Daniels makes long-awaited return to field in Kansas football Spring Showcase

Kansas football fans were given first looks at the 2024 Jayhawks
Kansas redshirt junior quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) fires off a pass during Friday's Spring Showcase
Kansas redshirt junior quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) fires off a pass during Friday's Spring Showcase / Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA

Spring football is officially underway, as the Kansas Jayhawks partook in the annual Spring Showcase yesterday at Rock Chalk Park. Hundreds of fans gathered to catch a sneak peek of the 2024 team entering the season with lofty expectations.

KU did not post any stream to watch it live, so the only clips available are those posted by fans. There were on-field drills and a scrimmage during the event, where both the offense and defense shined. Some of the top plays include interceptions on consecutive drives and the return of superstar QB Jalon Daniels.

Jalon Daniels takes the field in Kansas football spring game

While there were many other aspects of the spring game for fans to watch, the leading headline was that Daniels saw game action for the first time since midseason last year. He missed 10 games in 2023 due to a recurring back injury, paving the way for Jason Bean to overtake the starting job.

Daniels did not lose a step during his performance, shaking off the rust quickly. This terrific downfield throw surfaced on social media. Here's a reminder for KU fans why he is considered one of the best signal callers in the nation when healthy.

Kansas returned several pieces from last year's roster. In addition to Daniels, standout RB Devin Neal and CB Cobee Bryant will don the crimson and blue for another season. The Jayhawks are entering the 2024 campaign among the best teams in the Big 12 as they look to break a 56-year conference title drought.

There were several players absent from the spring game, including starting OT Calvin Clements, leading WR Lawrence Arnold, and DE Jereme Robinson. They are all working their way back from spring injuries. Last week, it was announced that Iowa State TE transfer DeShawn Hanika tore his Achilles and would miss the season.

Here is another spring game highlight that we gathered from social media. This is a nasty trick play drawn up by newly hired OC Jeff Grimes.