Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis watches during the second half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

A Preview Of Kansas’s Linebackers


Here is a glance at the linebacking crew for the Kansas Jayhawks. Last season, this was one of the team’s worst positions overall, though new defensive coordinator Dave Campo has brought in a couple of impact players hoping to overturn this fact.

Tunde Bakare: This senior was one of the leaders last season in starting six games and playing in all 12 contests. Has the potential to be a tackling machine, just needs to be more consistent.

Ben Heeny: Saw action in all games last year as a freshman. Played in spurts on the special teams side. Made few tackles, one of 10 true freshman to see playing time.

Tyler Hunt: Another guy who saw most of his action as a special teams player. Hasn’t seen much playing time.

Prinz Kande: Saw time as a special teams player and linebacker. Has some potential. Needs to be more consistent.

Ryan Karlin: Redshirt freshman was a three-star recruit for Kansas. Should see some playing time this season.

Jake Love: Another redshirt freshman, one of the top recruits out of Oklahoma last season. Can play both sides of the ball. If on the field, he makes plays.

Huldon Tharp: Didn’t see much time last season. Another guy who just needs a chance.

Darius Willis: The linebacking crew’s leader. Posted 81 tackles last season, good for 21st in the Big 12. Like everybody else in the position, can still improve. Willis is the best here.

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