Mark Mangino Lines Up a New Set of Kansas Jayhawk ‘Backers

Posted by J.D. Schaller on August-19-2009 Add Comments

I've heard all about how losing our starting trio of linebackers will be our downfall in the Big 12 North title chase, and I'll have none of it. In fact, I feel that of all the things that could go wrong for the Jayhawks, the linebackers may not be one of them.

Sure we lost three current NFL linebackers, and that's nearly impossible to replace over a summer. However, I think there are several factors that benefit the outlook of this year's group.

First, I'd like to point out that Joe Mortenson and Mike Rivera played at far less than 100% for most of last season. They still played well, but being healthy is always preferred. On the plus side, at least Arist Wright gained invaluable experience.

Secondly, I feel that Ri...

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