"He’s just made too many plays," Weis said. "He’s made ’em in the return game, he’s made ’em at receiver, and he makes ’em every day. ... He’s played himself into contention to legitimately be playing. When I brought him in here, I looked at him in his house and said, ‘Well, there’s a red-shirt.’ But you go out there to practice, that’s not the way he’s played. And everyone will tell you the same thing, from the starting quarterback right on through. All he’s done is made plays all the time."
Parmalee, a 5'10, 168-pound freshman from Kansas City, has been behind senior starters Kale Pick, Daymond Patterson and D.J. Beshears on the depth chart since spring practice, but that could change if Weis' lauding continues. Shepherd, a sophomore who was KU’s fourth-leading receiver in 2011, spent Tuesday’s practice working as a defensive back.
Beshears said Parmalee had surprised a lot of people.
"Coming in as a freshman, people just expect you just to go through the motions," Beshears said. "But he’s improved every day, he’s making great strides and I think he’s gonna be a good player here."