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August 16, 2012

Thursday Football Notebook

Today several of the freshmen and newcomers were available for the first time to talk with the media.

This year it appears that between 4 - 6 players will play as true freshmen which is on par for a normal season at Kansas.

Here's a snapshot of what some of the new players had to say.

Newcomers Update:

Cornerback Greg Allen is the player most likely to receive the most snaps as a true freshman. He is currently being looked at as the second string cornerback behind Tyler Patmon.

Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt recruited Allen, and earlier in the year said Allen would've been rated much higher had he qualified earlier. Allen said it wasn't until his junior year that coaches started to pressure him to get his grades up.

"I got into it late but it's better than never," Allen said.

Allen will have his mom, sister, and cousins at season opener next month.

"I will just have to remind myself to settle down," Allen said. "I am sure I will be nervous at first but I got to be ready to play."

Junior college tackle Junior Tavai arrived on campus less than a week ago and the coaches have been pleased with his conditioning. Tavai said he wants to keep his weight where it's at right now which is close to 290 pounds. Tavai didn't get a playbook until he arrived on campus so he is spending extra time with defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt until he gets up to speed.

He is currently playing strongside defensive end. Tavai thinks he is suited well playing closer to the edge.

"My hands are faster than the offensive lineman so I can knock them down and get around them faster," Tavai said.

Tyree Williams is another player who is battling for playing time on the two deep. He is currently receiving most of his snaps at nickelback. Williams initially came to Kansas considering playing both baseball and football at Kansas but over the summer said he decided to stick with one sport.

"I decided that football is what I want to play and spend my extra time keeping my studies up," Williams said.

Linebacker Schyler Miles has been rooming with linebacker Anthony McDonald during fall camp. Miles is currently fighting for a spot as second string linebacker.

"With him being a veteran I lean on him to help me at times whether it's defensive playbooks or whatever I need."

Camp Report

Today marks the last day of two a days. Players have spent the last two weeks living in the dorms at Naismith Hall and are excited to be back in the Jayhawk Towers.

"Those beds are so small so I can sleep in a decent size bed and have a good night sleep," offensive lineman Aslam Sterling said.


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