Coach Mangino has so many talented running backs at his disposal that he may have to give his top players fewer carries.
A tougher, deeper defensive line will be on tap for Kansas in 2004.
The third year was far from a charm for former KU coach Terry Allen, but things look as if they'll be different for his successor.
Coach Mark Mangino announced Monday that senior Johnny Beck has performed well in practice and will be the starting kicker for the Jayhawks.
Four linebackers will start, rather than the usual three.
Coach Mangino says that the line will not be able to have two players for each position.
During an online chat on Thursday, Coach Mangino said that "I'm looking for our team to improve greatly in the special teams area."
Coach Mangino is happy with the team's current progress.
Travis Watkins had a disappointing season last year. He wants a chance to show what he can do now that he's healthy and bulked up.
A year ago, Olathe North product Jonathan Lamb was in the Jayhawks' secondary, but now he's catching passes intended for him, on the offensive side of the ball.
Some true freshman on the roster for Kansas can expect to get playing time this year.
Guard Tony Coker's injury has necessitated a rearrangement of the offensive line, which Coach Mark Mangino hopes will pay off come the start of the season.
While August practices are not the most accurate yardstick, the defensive line outperformed the offense in Friday's scrimmages.
Kansas University's offensive line was muddled last weekend when senior right guard Tony Coker suffered an injury that will sideline him for at least three games.
John Randle was a standout player on offense last year, and also played some defense.