Kansas football’s young defensive backs embrace competition

LAWRENCE — As Ra’Mello Dotson watched Kansas football add transfer upon transfer after the conclusion 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 negatively that the coaching staff added transfers — many veteran ones — to the secondary as a whole and his position group. He looked to the positives, that those newcomers filled a need for more experience in his room.

Dotson, sophomore safety OJ Burroughs and others have embodied a mindset both head coach Lance Leipold and defensive coordinator Brian Borland desired for them to have. The transfers — redshirt junior safety Marvin Grant, redshirt senior safety Jarrett Paul, sophomore safety Jalen Dye, redshirt junior cornerback Kalon Gervin and super-senior cornerback Monte’ McGary — will compete for playing time. Dotson and Burroughs are adamant that they’re OK with that.

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