KU's defense showing improvements in 2016

Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM CDT
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Last year the Kansas Jayhawks had the worst defense in the Big 12. It would look like the Jayhawks are well on their way to the bottom once up 33 points per game through five weeks of the season.

That's not the case for the 2016 Kansas Jayhawks defense. KU sacked TCU's Kenny Hill five times and picked him off three times and Kansas had a chance to win but missed a field goal at the end of the game to lose 24-23.

"After last year, our whole staff, we take it personal when where we finish in specific areas because your stats are who you are. You can't run from them. That's who you are. Statistically your production lies in the stats," said Kansas head football coach David Beaty.

Through week five the Jayhawks have two players tied for fourth in the Big 12 in tackles for loss on the season, Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Cameron Rosser each have seven.

"Well, that really goes to our staff. I think Clint Bowen is one of the best out there. He talks to everyone in the country and everybody talks to him," said Beaty. "He's just one of the better defensive minds out there."

The Jayhawks as a whole are one of the best teams not only in the Big 12 but the nation when it comes to tackling opposing teams behind the line of scrimmage.

Right now the Jayhawks rank fourth in the country in tackles for loss per game, and have 58 total so far in 2016.

"I know from [Bowen's] standpoint, he was extremely motivated because, man, he puts better teams out there than that routinely. But they were young. There was a lot of things. But that doesn't bother a coach. We don't care how old they are. We expect them to do it the way we want them to do it," said Beaty.