The front line of secondary players for the Kansas Jayhawks is as veteran a crew as exists on the 2012 squad. Greg Brown and Tyler Patmon at corner, Lubbock Smith and Bradley McDougald at safety - all have multiple starts, or at least significant playing time, under their belts.
Things get interesting on the second line for Head Coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo. A pair of true freshmen - talented, but freshmen nonetheless - have earned the backup spots at corner. Greg Allen and Tyree Williams have ideal size and speed, but D-1 football is a whole new ball game. Hopefully they've soaked in everything their coaches and teammates have to offer as part of their education.
At safety, sophomore Ray Mitchell and true freshman Tevin Shaw will likely both see snaps as the backup to Lubbock Smith. Smith has shifted in and out of the starting lineup during the past three years, and has struggled in pass coverage at times. Still, he's proven himself a force in the run game, and is likely chomping at the bit for the start of his final year.
Meanwhile, junior Dexter Linton is listed as McDougald's backup. Today should represent the first major snaps of his career - assuming things go according to plan for Weis and Co.
The Jayhawks kick off the 2012 season at Memorial Stadium in T-Minus eight hours.