Toben Opurum

Kansas' Defensive Struggles are Epic

Jayhawks have taken a step back in 2011
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<p> Kansas Jayhawks have taken a step back in 2011</p>

By Mitch Light

Toben Opurum spent his first season at Kansas on the offensive side of the ball, leading the Jayhawks in rushing as a true freshman in 2009. He scored a touchdown in each of his first six games. He knows what it’s like to score points.

The past two seasons, Opurum has learned what it’s like to give up points — a lot of points. In 2010, his first season on the defense, Kansas ranked 98th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up an average of 34.4 points per game. This fall, the Jayhawks have taken several large steps back.