Kansas coach Turner Gill said Monday morning that sophomore Toben Opurum is making a successful transition from running back to linebacker.
“He’s been aggressive,” Gill said. “I’ve seen he is a physical player at that position, too. He will help our football team definitely at the linebacker spot.”
Gill said that Opurum will likely need another two to three weeks of practice to fine tune some details of playing the position.
For now, the Jayhawks will have to count on Justin Springer, Drew Dudley and Steven Johnson to stay healthy.
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* Gill reiterated that sophomore quarterback Kale Pick has set himself apart from the rest of the quarterbacks and said he wasn’t sure if Jordan Webb would play against North Dakota State.
* A couple of position battles that are raging into the first week of the season are at defensive end, where Tyrone Sellers, Quintin Woods and Kevin Young are neck and neck, and cornerback, where Isiah Barfield and Calvin Rubles are still competing.