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Jayhawks’ Nickel Defense Not Working So Well

Associated Press - October 9, 2013 5:55 am

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – After watching Kansas surrender at least 40 points six times in Big 12 play last season, coach Charlie Weis reached a couple of conclusions.

First, his base defense wasn’t designed to stop high-octane Big 12 offenses. Second, he had to switch some personnel to keep opposing teams from using the spread to create mismatches.

To address the first issue, Kansas switched to a nickel defense as its base this season. As for the other issue, Weis brought in three junior college transfers to start in the secondary.

There’s certainly been some growing pains.

Last Saturday, Kansas had its first chance to test its new defense in conference play. Texas Tech ran 100 plays and passed for 404 yards in a 54-16 victory over the Jayhawks.