Resby Making an Impression

When looking out over Kansas's practice field, Patrick Resby isn't hard to spot. The muscular strong safety flies around, both in the passing game and in run support, using his speed and physical play to stand out.

“Summer practice has been good,” Patrick Resby said. “We’ve just been out there working hard every day, trying to get better. We’re taking it one step at a time and trying to get over that hump, get to the Big 12 Championship. We have the talent there.”

Resby, a 200-pound junior college transfer, has to be considered part of that talent now, but he was fairly unknown coming out of high school.

He didn’t receive much interest out of Forest Brook (Tex.) High School in despite a stellar senior year that saw him named a first-team All-District selection at both defensive back and tight end. Resby was also named to the All-Greater Houston team as a defensive back.

So he took his game to Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Tex., where he was a two-year starter. His freshman year, Resby had 73 tackles and an interception, and while he had the some number of tackles and interceptions as a sophomore, he showed more versatility.

Whether it was lining up in the box as an extra run defender or playing a deep half, Resby shone, collecting a sack and adding three forced fumbles and three pass breakups.

That performance led Kansas coach Mark Mangino to call Resby one of the top junior college safeties in the country, and he was rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com.

Resby chose Kansas over offers from Iowa State, TCU and Hawaii, and signed in time for spring ball.

“I chose Kansas because they recruited me from Spring ’06,” Resby said. “I really liked the environment, and I liked the coaches. It was a pretty easy choice to make.”

The choice at strong safety won’t be nearly as easy.

While strong safety may have seemed an open position following the graduation of Jerome Kemp, Resby has been in a battle with Tang Bacheyie, a tough athlete who moved over from running back.

“The biggest adjustment was probably getting used to the environment,” Resby said. “Then it was learning new stuff. That’s about the only thing, just getting used to it. Coming from a JUCO, there are a lot of things different from a major D-1 program. I’m just trying to learn the system. It’s getting better.”

Bill Young, Kansas defensive coordinator, said Bacheyie had a slight lead heading into two-a-days.

“When you’ve got some really good players and they have great attitudes and are working hard and all trying to be starters, it really pushes you to be better,” said Bill Young, Kansas defensive coordinator. “They are both big physical players with a lot of athleticism. I’m not sure there’s a lot of difference between them. The difference is that Tang has been in our program for longer.

“Patrick has only been here since spring ball,” Young said. “But he’s a good player, and we expect him to keep getting better as he learns. We plan on using both of them.”

Resby said that was fine with him, and that he would keep pushing for a starting spot.

“I think I can bring the extra juice to get everybody up and do whatever I need to.,” Resby said. “I’ll hit some people. I’m a good player. I’ll do whatever I need to do to help make my teammates better.

“I think this will be the year for our DBs to step up,” Resby said. “We are two deep everywhere back there and athletic. Don’t worry, we’re going to be good.”


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