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Kansas Jayhawks Football Team Has Been Hit Hard By Injury

The Kansas Jayhawks have been getting hit hard with injury lately -- something they'll have a tough time handling -- and others are starting to notice.

David Ubben of ESPN.com says KU and Nebraska have been hit the hardest by injury in the Big 12.

That's not the case in Lawrence, where Turner Gill will coach his first season without Huldon Tharp, one of the conference's best linebackers and one of his most exciting young talents. Backup running back Rell Lewis will miss the season with a knee injury, as will offensive lineman Jeff Spikes, who had a chance to start.

Some of it's timing, too. For example, Gill announces on Friday that Toben Opurum is headed to linebacker. Three days later and running back Rell Lewis is out for the season. Even though he was the leading rusher as a freshman, the Jayhawks won't move him back to running back.

Tough luck for the Jayhawks. We'll see how Turner Gill's first season rolls along. He's been making some noise on the recruiting trail.