According to Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, there isn't a more tightly contested position battle than the one brewing at inside linebacker. It is there that four men are fighting for the right to fill two positions, and the player that comes in at No. 9 on our countdown of K-State's impact newcomers is right in the mix. At 230 pounds, Hansen Sekona already has Prince's attention, and if he builds upon progress made in spring workouts, fans might be seeing a lot of him on the turf when fall rolls around.
6-foot, 230-pound junior
College of San Mateo (Calif.)
Rivals.com notes: Sekona, a 3-star recruit, was ranked the 78th best junior college player in America. He recorded team-high 71 tackles as a sophomore in 2007 and was named first team All-NorCal Conference after leading San Mateo to an 8-3 record. The 20-year old linebacker, who runs a 4.6 40 and squats 450 pounds, chose K-State amid interest from Washington State, New Mexico, Marshall and Nevada.
Sekona on K-State: "It's a blessing to be out here. It's a great opportunity. I've got five older brothers who all played football. I'm the youngest out of the six, and I was fortunate enough to make it out here. I'm just taking it day by day."
|"He was the lifeblood of our team and our defense. I have nothing but the utmost respect for what he's done on and off the field." |
-- Sekona's high school coach Steve Sell in a 2007 interview with the Palo Alto Daily News
Why he will help: With just 15 Division-I practices under his belt, Sekona has already found himself in competition for a starting spot at inside linebacker. Bulky yet agile, Sekona brings the kind of size and speed K-State head coach Ron Prince looks for at his position, and his performance in early workouts have him looking like a frontrunner to earn time at one of the Wildcats' inside linebacker spots. Sekona earned quite a reputation as a "ball hawk" at the junior college level and could be the kind of high-energy linebacker K-State looked to be missing at times last year.
Why he could sit: Four candidates have emerged for two starting inside linebacker positions, and the fact that two of the men vying for the jobs are returning lettermen doesn't bode well for the incoming Sekona. In order to win a starting job he will have to hash thigs out with veteran linebackers John Houlik and Reggie Walker, as well as fellow newcomer and 4-star prospect Ulla Pomele. Sekona will likely figure into the Wildcats' 2008 plans in some fashion, but securing a role as a starter will be an uphill battle.
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