A little over three weeks after verbally committing to Kansas, Peyton Bender has put his signature where his mouth is.
On the first day of the recruiting calendar junior college prospects can sign, Bender officially gave the Jayhawks his Herbie Hancock on a Letter of Intent. The quarterback will b eligible to play this season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
— David Beaty (@beaty_david) December 14, 2016
In June of this year, Bender was ruled academically ineligible at Washington State for the entire 2016 season. He subsequently moved on from Wazzu to Itawamba Community College.
Bender spent the 2015 season as Luke Falk’s primary backup. Because of an injury to the starter, Bender started the Apple Cup loss to Washington in late November. He was also forced into action in two other games because of injuries to Falk.
All told, Bender completed 53-of-91 passes for 498 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions in five games last season. 288 of the yards came in the rivalry loss to close out the regular season.