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Tough guys: staff picks for Kansas enforcers

Luckily, for the next installment of our summer series, which takes a look back at some of the most memorable Jayhawks from the past, KU has had no shortage of tough guys come through Lawrence.

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Mortensen to work out with Bills

Joe Mortensen, a former first-team all-Big 12 linebacker for the Kansas University football team, is scheduled to attend a three-day mini-camp with the Buffalo Bills in New York this weekend, he said Tuesday.

Pass defense deficient

When a pass defense performs as poorly as has that of Kansas University in the nation's best quarterback conference, a variation of the chicken-and-egg question can be difficult to answer.

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Bricks in the wall

KU defense features few 'name' players

The thing about the Kansas University defense, is that - with a couple notable exceptions - there are not a lot of stars. No sure-fire NFL prospects. No big-time personalities. Only one player - linebacker Joe Mortensen - was named to the Big 12's preseason all-conference team. For the most part, Kansas' defense is a group comprised mostly of "program guys," to steal a term from coach Mark Mangino.

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Great responsibility

Mortensen, Rivera, Cantrell, Reesing are KU captains

The word captain carries with it many different meanings. From the commander of a ship on the high seas or leader of a military outfit all the way down to the guys who pick the teams on the playground, captains have held a variety of responsibilities throughout history. You know what they are, you understand what they do. But what do they mean to a football program that plays its games at the highest level of the collegiate ranks?

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Mortensen on Butkus Award watch list

Kansas University senior Joe Mortensen, a first-team all-Big 12 selection a year ago, was one of 66 players named to the 2008 Butkus Award watch list Thursday.

Joe Mortensen ready to anchor talented linebacking unit

Opposing offenses have the right to fear the Kansas linebacking unit this Fall. All three starters return, including all-Big 12 First team selection Joe Mortensen. Kevin Romary chats with Mortensen in a one-on-one interview.