Van Malone admits he's not always fired up when a potential transfer calls, such as when former Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon expressed interest in playing his final season of eligibility at Oklahoma State.
“You never want to get somebody else's trash,” the Cowboy cornerbacks coach said. “You never want to get a guy who's disgruntled and who's just running away from discipline. But that clearly, with (Patmon), is not the case.
“From the point that we met him, it's been a positive experience.”
Patmon, who was a three-year starter for the Jayhawks, left the program after the 2012 season when it became clear he was not meshing well with new coach Charlie Weis and his staff. Still, Patmon was on track to graduate from KU in the spring, meaning he could transfer and play right away.
This fall, he's expected to challenge for the starting spot opposite senior Justin Gilbert.
Patmon tallied 142 tackles (11.5 for loss), 22 pass breakups and six interceptions during what could be categorized as an up-and-down career at KU. But his Big 12 experience — he has matched up against Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles and several other of the league's best receivers in recent years — is a clear asset to a cornerback group that returns just four scholarship players in Gilbert and sophomores Kevin Peterson, Ashton Lampkin and Miketavius Jones.
“Has he been an All-Big 12 guy? No,” Malone said. “Well, we're kind of not looking for that. We need some depth.”
Still, the Cowboys will also need help from their group of incoming freshmen at the position. Malone said that Jerel Morrow, a four-star “athlete” prospect, already physically looks the part, while Darius Curry and Taylor Lewis will also get an early look in camp.
“With the cornerback position,” Malone said, “especially when you're doing it the way we're doing it — we're aggressive and we're pressing and we're playing man-to-man — those guys can go down (with an injury) just like that. You've got to know what you're putting in there.
“Fall camp is going to be important for all three of those guys, because we're going to make a decision really quickly as to who can go out and help and who we're possibly going to be looking to redshirt.”
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