While it remains to be seen how many other 2020 seniors do the same, veteran defensive lineman Sam Burt plans to stick around with the Kansas football program for an extra season.

The starting nose tackle for the Jayhawks’ defense in seven of the nine games that were played this year, Burt announced on Twitter he will take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver for fall athletes that provides an additional year of eligibility.

A 6-foot-4, 293-pound former walk-on from Abilene, Burt received a scholarship from KU for the first time in 2019, coinciding with when he first became a key contributor for the defense, making 15 total tackles in 10 games.

Burt again provided 15 total tackles in 2020, this time in nine games. He split time on the interior of KU’s defensive line with redshirt freshman Da’Jon Terry. It’s possible Terry’s role will increase in 2021, and if that’s the case Burt can provide the D-line with some greater depth and experience.

KU head coach Les Miles said recently he would like to bring back anywhere from five to eight seniors for a bonus season.

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