4. College Football News Preview 2020: Kansas Jayhawks Defense 3 Things To Know
– The defense just never came around. It finished last in the Big 12 in total defense, scoring defense, sacks, takeaways, and run defense. Here’s where the lack of overall talent development over the last five years hurts.
The D was bad, and now ten of the top 17 tacklers are gone.
There are some nice parts, but there just aren’t enough of them. The secondary got the most help from the recruiting class, but replacing CB Hasan Defense and top-tackling safety Mike Lee will be tough.
Davon Ferguson is a decent safety, and there are corner options to play around with, but the defensive backs that picked off just four passes has to do a whole lot more.
– Three of the four starters on the defensive front have to be replaced. There’s not mass bulk outside of 6-4, 325-pound former JUCO transfer Reuben Lewis – there aren’t enough 300-pounders to anchor the interior – and there aren’t any sure-thing pass rushers to work around. This is where the former transfers have to rise up, with Caleb Sampson needing to be a factor on the outside.
– The defensive backs had to make too many tackles last season, but sophomore Gavin Potter and senior Kyron Johnson are decent veteran linebackers who’ll combine for well over 100 tackles. It’s going to be their job to get into the backfield, too.