Former Denison Yellow Jacket Jimmay Mundine Gets Set For Senior Season At Kansas
DALLAS, TX ---- Five of the ten teams today at Big 12 Media Days, all of them bringing four players with them, but only one of those was a local. That's Denison native and Kansas TE Jimmay Mundine.
"All the guys on the team know I'm very proud to be from Denison, Texas. If you ask me I'm going to tell you I'm from Denison, Texas," Kansas senior tight end, Jimmay Mundine said.
Mundine is an All-Conference stud who led his Jayhawk team with five touchdown catches last year. If you'd have told him this back when he graduated high school in 2010 he wouldn't have believed you.
"Never seen any of this happening but I mean by the Grace of God I'm here and it's happening and it's real and so I'm excited to live it out," Mundine said.
Now he's on the Mackey Award watch list, that's given to the best tight end in the nation and he says he's got a shot to win it. That could be the case based on what head coach Charlie Weis is scheming for the upcoming season.
"I think the tight end position gets accented even more than in the off-season than the offense that I've been used to running and I think Jimmay is going to have a chance to be an integral part of our offense this year," Kansas head coach Charlie Weis said.
It's been six years since the Jayhawks have had a winning record. They've also only won one conference game in the last season. But what Mundine learned during his time at DHS may give them a shot at turning the tide this season.
"Confidence and having the belief that I can do it and beat guys one on one. I mean it's exciting to still be playing football because I know a lot of my friends that aren't playing and so I just take it as a blessing and I'm honored to be still playing the game," Mundine said.
Mundine adds that the Battle of the Ax game that he used to play in high school is nothing like playing in the Big 12 week-to-week, but he truly misses it.