Not far in to the start of training camp, a reporter asked University of Kansas defensive coordinator Carl Torbush how he would deal with depth concerns at a number of positions on his side of the football.
He responded by saying they would find ways to manufacture it � and it appears he wasn’t just kidding around.
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With Saturday’s season-opening kickoff versus North Dakota State just four days away, the defense is still working to find an identity. New players � like junior Steven Foster, sophomore Toben Opurum and freshman Keeston Terry � have made transitions from offense to defense, and position battles are ongoing at spots like defensive end and cornerback.
So, how many defensive players does Torbush think will see action Saturday night?
All of them.
“I would think, defensively, that I’ll be shocked if everybody that we take to the motel if they don’t play,” Torbush told media Tuesday afternoon.
The defense has a lot to prepare for in coming weeks, aside from a fairly staunch strength of schedule in the non-con. Each team runs a unique offensive set, from the power running attack of North Dakota State and the “wingbone” option of Week 2 foe Georgia Tech, to the wide-open spread attack of Southern Mississippi.
Preparing the players for such variety without overwhelming them can be something of a tall task. However, Torbush said that throwing his defense up against the offense designed by Head Coach Turner Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long, day in and day out, has been a huge asset.
“You know, our offense is a very, very multiple offense,” he explained. “So they give us a lot of different things to look at, which enables us to be prepared for other teams we’ll play throughout the year.”