Kansas football’s young defensive backs embrace the competition

Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn (22) is tackled by Kansas safety OJ Burroughs (5) during the second half of a football game on November 6, 2021 in Lawrence.  Burroughs is back with the Jayhawks this season.

LAWRENCE — As Ra’Mello Dotson watched Kansas football add transfer after transfer following the end of the 2021 season, he thought about the team’s improved depth.

Dotson, a redshirt sophomore cornerback for the Jayhawks this fall, wasn’t going to be stubborn. He wasn’t going to take it badly that the coaching staff added transfers — many veterans — to the high school as a whole and to his group of positions. He looked at the positives, that these newcomers answered a need for more experience in his room.

Dotson, sophomore safety OJ Burroughs and others embodied a mindset that head coach Lance Leipold and defensive coordinator Brian Borland wanted them to have. Transfers – junior redshirt safety Marvin Grant, senior redshirt safety Jarrett Paul, sophomore safety Jalen Dye, junior redshirt cornerback Kalon Gervin and super senior cornerback Monte ‘McGary – will fight over playing time. Dotson and Burroughs are adamant they’re okay with that.

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