He is coming off his best season on defense, leading the Jayhawks in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (10.5) in 2011 as a junior hybrid defensive end.
However, along with the rest of the defense, Opurum will play under his fourth defensive coordinator in the past four years in 2012, creating more questions than answers for his responsibilities as a senior. He will also play for his third head coach in the past four years, but the Plano-native was recruited hard by coach Charlie Weis out of high school and considered the Irish one of his finalists before committing to the Jayhawks because of the lure of immediate playing time.
Opurum started three games at running back as a true freshman, finishing with a team-best 554 yards and nine scores on the ground. Under new head coach Turner Gill in 2010, Opurum was moved to the defensive side of the ball, a move that forced him to consider transferring elsewhere to remain at running back, but he decided to stay in Lawrence and bulk up for his new pass rusher position.
He started 18 games the past two seasons in a defensive end/linebacker role, setting career-bests last season with 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. A senior captain, Opurum plays fast off the snap and it wouldn't be surprising to see among the conference leaders in sacks in 2012.