(With AP Photos.) By GEOFFREY CALVERT Associated Press After watching Kansas surrender at least 40 points six times in Big 12 play last season, coach Charlie Weis reached a couple of conclusions.
First, his base defense wasn't designed to stop high-octane Big 12 offenses. Second, he had to switch some personnel to keep opposing teams from using the spread to create mismatches.
''Everyone has three and four wide receivers out there and you can't match up base defense against four wide receivers and be competitive in this league,'' Weis said. ''So many teams are not only running no huddle, but snapping the ball so fast.''
To address the first issue, Kansas switched to a nickel defense as its base this season. The new formation gives the Jayhawks a fifth defensive back and a buck, which linebackers coach Clint Bowen called ''a glorified defensive end more than he is a standup linebacker.''
As for the other issue, Weis brought ...