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2015 Spring Football - Safeties

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The new look Jayhawks began spring practice on March 24th and the spring game is scheduled for April 25th. Here's a peek at the new coaches and what is sure to be an ever evolving roster.

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As we edge closer to the spring game on April 25th, let's take a look at what players remain, who has come on board, and who will coach the 2015 Jayhawks. With transfers, early enrollees, and nearly 30 walk-ons I'll do my best to present a comprehensive list. With all of the new faces in the program (and those to come over the summer) the roster is sure to remain dynamic throughout the offseason.

Today let's take a look at the safety position. To the surprise of many, Clint Bowen stayed on when HCDB was hired. Bowen currently serves as the Jayhawks Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach and, in tandem with Kenny Perry (Cornerbacks Coach), will lead the defense from back to front this season. They look to replace all four secondary starters from last season. No one knows this program better than Bowen who has spent 21 years as a player and coach for the Crimson and Blue.

Experience will be a concern with the safeties this season. Three players have combined for a total of 12 starts entering the year. Tevin Shaw (Jr.) had eight starts at NB last season but played in all 12 games. Fish Smithson (Jr.) saw action in all 12 games last season and really made his presence known towards the end of the season. I expect transfer Bazie Bates (Trinity Valley CC) to have an instant impact on competition at the position. There was plenty of rotation at the position early in camp, it will be very interesting to see who emerges with the starting roles.

The current* safety roster:

#


FULL NAME


HT.


WT.


YR.


Notes


30

Tevin Shaw

5/11

194

Jr.

Started 8 games at NB, played in all 12, 6 tackles vs. WV

9

Fish Smithson

5/11

193

Jr.

Played in 12 games, 5th leading tackler, 9 tackles at Baylor) 2nd year on team after transferring from Hartnell College

22

Greg Allen

5/11

212

Jr.

20 career GP w/ 3 starts, 3 tackles against Duke

24

Bazie Bates IV

6/1

186

Jr.

Transfer from Trinity Valley CC (12-0 team)   26 tackles, 4 int in 2014

39

Michael Glatczak

5/10

173

Sr.

4 GP,  1 start

43

Ben Bigham

6/1

173

Fr.

True freshman from Lowell HS (MI)

27

Jordan Bosch

6/1

203

So.

*Please feel free to leave updates in the comments and I’ll revise this table accordingly.