Even without Short, Kansas' revamped secondary is allowing 111 fewer yards passing per game than last season. McDonald leads Kansas with seven pass breakups and an interception.
"Dexter has big-time ability," Weis said. "I think that we should have high expectations for Dexter. He's been good. He's been really good."
The Jayhawks' running game didn't undergo a major overhaul in the offseason, but the coaches still were excited to have Miller back for another chance. He did about everything he could in the season opener to make sure Kansas fans remembered who he was, running 14 times for 72 yards.
Miller touched the ball only six times in the next two games, largely because he's sharing a job with James Sims, who is coming off a 1,000-yard season.
"I think James is a great inside runner," Mitchell said. "I think Darrian is a change-of-pace guy, that he'd like to be a little on the edge a little bit more."
With his talents, Miller could have searched for a second chance at a different Division I school, maybe somewhere he'd have been the clear-cut starter. But he's comfortable with Mitchell and wanted to prove he could atone for his first stint at Kansas.
Having to work to get on the field didn't deter him.
"Competition pushes me more than a lot of things," Miller said. "I look to the older guys for support as well as they look to me for things in my strong points."
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