Jayhawks' running backs ramping up competition

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The running back competition at Kansas is entering its final week.

Sophomore James Sims appears to be in line for the start in the season opener Sept. 3 against McNeese State, but carries are still up for grabs.

Freshmen Darrian Miller and Anthony Pierson are making a push for playing time during fall camp, and redshirt freshman Brandon Bourbon has been impressive after recovering from a broken ankle that he sustained last spring.

Jayhawks coach Turner Gill knows that his team will have to shorten games to have a chance of winning this season. So he plans to lean on his entire running back-by-committee to keep the chains moving and keep his suspect defense off the field.