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KU football MVP Countdown: No. 15 Hasan Defense

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Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) has a deep pass knocked away by Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) has a deep pass knocked away by Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Playing in the secondary requires more than making plays. It also involves doing the team thing and being in the right place so that the quarterback doesn’t have an obvious place to go with the ball. That requires a discipline that Hasan Defense didn’t always exhibit as a sophomore in his first season in the Kansas program. Too often, he found himself out of position by going for the big hit or the potential pick.

The coaching staff expects and needs more unselfish play out of Defense, who brings decent size, speed and agility to the position. He has a lively personality and a lot of confidence, but his lust for making the team play has to be tamed in order for the secondary to become more reiliable.

He started 10 games last season, led the team with nine pass breakups and shared the team lead with two interceptions.

Defense is from Jacksonville, Fla., and played his lone junior college season in Kilgore, Texas. He picked off five passes for Kilgore and earned a three-star rating from Rivals.

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