Though the hazy picture that is the Kansas Jayhawks starting lineup is becoming more clear by the day, a number of position battles are still raging in Lawrence, Kan.
This includes defensive end, where senior Jake Laptad � one of the team’s statistical and emotional leaders and a multi-year starter � has an iron-fisted grip on one spot. The other? Well, that’s another question entirely.
At various points throughout the spring and into training camp, a trio of players have earned mention. First it was redshirt freshman Kevin Young, a product of local Olathe (KS) North High School, who recorded a pair of sacks in the annual spring game in April. More recently, another redshirt freshman, Tyrone Sellers, has made a push with his ability as a speed rusher off the edge.
Sunday, another player stepped to the forefront � senior Quintin Woods. A junior college transfer in 2009 from Bakersfield (CA) Community College, Woods arrived on campus with a great deal of hype, due to his status as a University of Michigan commit out of high school.
At Sunday’s Fan Appreciation Day open practice, Woods took virtually every snap at the spot opposite Laptad, though Gill said afterward not to read too much into that, as the coaching staff is still evaluating.
“We’ve got 2-3 guys who are still up for grab at that (spot),” he said. “I think after this next week we’ll be ready to go as far as who will probably end up starting. I think he has come on strong. We’ve kinda had a lot of guys who have done some good things. We’ve sid Sellers, we’ve said Young, and I think lately here Quinton Woods has definitely improved his play, too. He’s definitely in the mix as far as that guy who is going to be starting on the opposite side of Laptad.”