August 30, 2006
True freshmen: The Super Seven
The Jayhawks are just days away from seeing their first action against Northwestern State. With the rumor mill buzzing about injuries among topics, one of the interesting things to watch will be what true freshmen see the field.
Jayhawk Slant handicaps our Super Seven choices in order that could see the field in their first year of play.
1. Olaitan Oguntodu- During Fall camp Jayhawk Slant had a chance to talk with Clint Bowen at media day. The co-defensive coordinator raved about the strides Oguntodu made in the beginning of camp. He has the physical size and tools.
He arrived at Kansas a semester early after graduating from high school. The spring helped Oguntodu get accustomed to the Jayhawks defense. Combine that with the overall depth at his position and he's our number one choice for a true freshman to see the field.
2. Jake Sharp-- Before the season ending injury to Angus Quigley Mark Mangino said he expected Sharpe to find a way on the field.
In the beginning it was thought Sharpe could find a starting job on special teams. His work ethic has been incredible and he has looked sharp (no pun intended) in practice. Throw in Quigley's injury and there is no way to keep Sharp off the field.
In practice he finds a way to come out of pile still moving and has the speed to get to the outside. He will wear number one this season and finishes number two on our list.
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