August 20, 2007

Young likes talent of defense

When it comes to talking defense there aren't many that can do it in the Big 12 like Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young. He's been a defensive coordinator for 20 of his 38 years in coaching and many of those at programs like Oklahoma, USC, and Ohio State.

Young has also overlooked some good defenses he built in Lawrence. In 2005 his defense ranked first in the Big 12 in rush defense and eighth in the nation. In 2004 the Jayhawks led the Big 12 in takeaways.

He's got a good idea of what it takes to win at the BCS level and likes what he sees so far in this year's group.

"I think we have a chance to be a pretty good football team," he said. "The attitude and chemistry is there and the main thing for us is we need to stay healthy."

One of the biggest things the Jayhawks had last year were a lot of players getting their first dose of significant playing time in the Big 12. This year could be a different story.

"We have some talent, there is no question about that," Young said. "The thing we have now is we have some experience. Last year we had to bite the bullet. We played three new linebackers that hadn't been on the field much and now we have a veteran group. We feel really good about our football team."

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