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Fresh Faces: Kansas

Here's three guys with relatively low profiles around the conference who you'll be hearing from in 2010.

Daymond Patterson, WR

Patterson has seen plenty of change in his time in Lawrence. He began his career as a receiver before moving to corner and spending all last season on defense. When Turner Gill took the Kansas job, he let his players select their positions, and Patterson moved back to receiver, where he emerged from the spring as a starter. He'll use his 5-foot-9, 173-pound frame to create space from the slot underneath for Kansas' top two targets, Bradley McDougald and Johnathan Wilson. But along the way, he should also get plenty of catches of his own. He'll also return punts for the Jayhawks.

Tim Biere, TE

Kansas lost it's top two pass-catchers from a year ago, and Biere is another pair of hands who'll help replace them. A hulking 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, Biere caught 14 passes for 183 yards last season. Now, with a new quarterback and without two All-Big 12 receivers for him to throw to, Biere should play a much bigger role in the Jayhawks' offense. He started five games last season and caught balls in eight games. He hasn't had a touchdown yet, but in this year's spring game, he hauled in an impressive ball over the middle in tight coverage for a score. He should get a few more of those this fall.

Steven Johnson, LB

Johnson came to Kansas as a walk-on from Pennsylvania. Now, he's earned a starting position entering fall camp as strongside linebacker in one of the Jayhawks' best and deepest units. He's on scholarship now, of course, courtesy of former coach Mark Mangino. He has played in just 12 games and recorded 10 career tackles as a backup and on special teams, though one of his tackles was a sack against Duke. He'll use his impressive size (6-foot-1, 237 pounds) to produce plenty more of everything in his probable first year as starter.

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