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KSU players and new coaching staff have settled in during final week of spring practice

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 22, 2013

Back in December, many of the Flashes players felt like their world have been turned upside down with the announcement that second-year coach Darrell Hazell was taking a handful of his assistants and moving on to coach at Purdue.


But now with the final week of spring practice underway, there’s a sense of normalcy as new coach Paul Haynes and his staff have settled into their new roles.


“I love the new coaching staff, they’re great,” senior cornerback Darius Polk said. “I’m glad that they came and they guys have already bought into coach Haynes and his philosophy. It’s going to be an exciting season.”


Not only did Polk have to get used to a new head coach, but a new position coach as well in KSU’s new cornerbacks coach Amp Campbell.


“I love coach Campbell,” Polk said. “I can relate to him and he relates to us because he actually played at Michigan State under Nick Saban and (Mark) Dantonio, so he’s been coached by the best and definitely knows what he’s talking about. I love his enthusiasm.”


But truth be told, at this point all Campbell is doing with a fifth-year senior like Polk is teaching little nuances to add to his skill set.


“Corner is corner,” Polk said. “You cover the man and don’t let him catch the ball. It’s kind of simple. The only thing that changes is little techniques and things like that.”     



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