It was only a few weeks ago that Kansas defensive coordinator Carl Torbush spoke the obvious by saying that he needed to recruit better players than he currently has.
Now, Torbush has a new idea about how he could get that done without even leaving campus. Forget flying commercial all over Texas and the Southeast. Torbush can take a jog up to Allen Fieldhouse and have it all.
“I’m probably gonna get myself in trouble now,” Torbush said. “I’ve been around basketball. I let Julius Peppers play basketball at North Carolina. He was just another guy on that basketball court. That tells you the size and athleticism of those forwards in basketball. You’d like to have you a couple of those guys.”
Torbush’s defense, thus far, has lacked the defensive ends athletic enough to get to the passer. He describes his ideal defensive end as a guy with a nice wingspan, quickness, acceleration and flexibility in his hips. Peppers, apparently, came to Torbush as a 6-foot-5, 210-pound high-school running back. Now, he’s terrorizing NFL quarterbacks.
So which KU basketball players does Torbush have his eye on? Travis Releford (6-5, 207)? Marcus Morris (6-8, 235)? Markieff Morris (6-9, 245)? Mario Little (6-6, 218)? Thomas Robinson (6-9, 237)?
“How about the starting lineup?” Torbush said. “I think we can find some cornerbacks and d-ends and a little bit of everything out of that group.”
Something tells me that the likes of Josh Selby, Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson and Royce Woolridge would make pretty good defensive backs. How would you like throwing the fade route on one of them?
Bottom line, Self better keep close tabs on his guys during this offseason. Torbush may have more in mind than borrowing Conner Teahan for a couple of practices this time around.