After a short professional football career, Dezmon Briscoe is back in Lawrence to finish his degree. The former wide receiver is looking to get a degree in communications with a minor in sports management.
In his time back in Lawrence, Briscoe has spent time with KU football. He’s witnessed a new mood around the program.
“I’ve been around,” Briscoe told Phog.net after the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic back in June. “My first semester back was this past spring semester. So I’ve been around the players, I’ve been around the locker room. We’re pretty high right now, the players are really happy and they’re working their butts off.”
Briscoe originally came to Kansas as a three-star prospect as a part of Mark Mangino’s 2007 recruiting class. Briscoe was an important player as a freshman. He was fourth on the 2007 team in receptions with 43 and was second in touchdown receptions with seven. He set the record for most touchdown catches as a freshman.
The Dallas-native took a step forward as a sophomore and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Briscoe set program records in single-season receptions (92) and single season yards (1,407).
As a junior, Briscoe didn’t match the production he had a sophomore but was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Briscoe set the KU all-time receiving yards record, notching 3,240 yards over three seasons.
Following his junior year, Briscoe decided to enter his name into the NFL Draft. In retrospect, it was a decision Briscoe wishes he could have back.
“If I could do it all over again, I would have come back for my senior season,” Briscoe said. “Just because the college atmosphere and the brothers I had that I went to war with, man you can’t get that back.”
Briscoe was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 31st pick in the sixth round (191 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. After he signed a four-year deal, Briscoe was subsequently waived during final cuts.
The former Jayhawk then landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he made his debut in Week 16 during the 2010 season. In 2011, Briscoe played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and caught 35 balls for 387 yards including six touchdown receptions.
In 2012, Briscoe was signed by the Washington Redskins and played in seven games during the subsequent season. Briscoe has not made a roster during the regular-season since.
Since he first left KU, Briscoe hasn’t been back to campus as much as he’d like.
“If they’re doing the bowl inductions, like the Insight Bowl or the Orange Bowl, that’s when I’ve been back,” Briscoe said. “I’ll be a lot more present now that I’m back on campus and around the program.”