Offensively, Justin Sands made the move from the defensive line two seasons ago and has comfortably filled a role at tackle. He is big, strong and heady. Sands can block for the pass but is better for the run and though he plays left tackle, is better suited for the right side or even guard. He is a step below Justin Hartwig, a player we liked a bit who was drafted last April. Harrison Hill, a scrappy little wide out, returns for a sixth season after injury ended his 2001 campaign and has possibilities as a slot receiver/return specialist. Tight end David Hurst and center Nick Smith will get looks as free agents.
On the defensive side of the ball the outlook is not much brighter. Leo Etienne lit-it-up at linebacker last season after transferring to KU and flies around the ball making a ton of tackles but barely 6-0 on his toes, Etienne must find a different position at the next level and prove he has the skills to play strong-safety. Junior cornerback Carl Ivey has good cover skills and the abilities to be a middle round choice in the future.