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October 1, 2013

Notebook: The blitzing defense

For the second straight week, Justin McCay is listed second on the depth chart, but head coach Charlie Weis said that doesn't mean he won't be playing.

"Justin could be starting this week. There are packages this week that he is starting and there are some packages he is not starting. Justin is involved with some of the stuff we're doing as a starter and some of it as a backup," Weis said. "I think that being on the field full-time is definitely something that has to be earned and unless there is a lot of production you give other people an opportunity to see if they can earn it."

Through the first three games, McCay has just two receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown.

"I've got plenty of confidence in Justin. Right now he is listed behind Rodriguez Coleman, but he has a different body type," Weis said. "One is fast and fluid and the other is physical and smash mouth. They are a little different. That fast presence on the outside is one of those things we're missing unless with put Tony in there. That's one thing that he brings to the table."

Jayhawks prepared for high-tempo offenses

Kansas has not seen a comparable offense to Texas Tech yet this season, but Weis thinks they're prepared for the high-tempo offenses of the Big 12 because of the experience they've gained in practice.

"We practiced a lot doing it for the defense, snapping it really quick so even if it wasn't in the non-conference schedule, we've been snapping the ball at practice," Weis said. "Today, early at practice we will go as quick as you can snap it and if nothing else, I think our own offense has given our defense an opportunity to have to play on the fly, to have to play at a very fast pace."

Texas Tech is averaging 520 yards of total offense and 38.8 points per game so far this season. Kansas on the other hand, is holding their opponents to 366.3 yards and 15.7 points per game.

Kansas bringing the heat

In his second season with the Jayhawks, Weis wants them to be more prepared to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

"I said, 'We are going to be ready to go. We are going to bring the heat and you guys decide how you want to bring it, but I want to bring it and I want to bring it often," Weis said. "I sat there last year and watched their quarterback stand back there and pick us apart. I'd rather lose by 100 and it did feel like we were losing by 100 in a couple of those games as a matter of fact, but I'd rather do it by getting after them and force them to make a throw, sometimes to us."

So far, they rank third in the Big 12 with nine sacks for 62 yards and seventh with four interceptions.

Admire starting again at center

Sophomore Dylan Admire is not the biggest or strongest player on the offensive line, but Weis said he offers something else.

"He's more athletic. He's smaller than Pat, but more athletic," Weis said. "If you're not winning on a regular basis at the line of scrimmage, you better get them an athletic guy who can win through athleticism and may not be able to win through physicality."

Weis said the Texas Tech defensive line will likely line up odd this weekend so Admire will face new challenges, but he thinks Admire will be up for a challenge.

"That's an ongoing competition," Weis said. "That's not a done deal, but right now, there's a couple things that we're trying to do and Dylan is going to get the first go at it."

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