June 11, 2006

Pass rush needs improvement in 2006

21 = The number of sacks K-State recorded in 2005, ranking 11th in the Big 12. First-place Nebraska had 50.

During K-State's run to the Big 12 Championship in 2003, the Wildcats amassed 51 quarterback sacks, a mark that stood as the second best in the nation and set the school record.

Two seasons later, in 2005, the K-State defense managed to get to the opponent's quarterback just 21 times, ranking as the second worst total in the Big 12 Conference and 75th nationally.

By contrast, in 2003, K-State had 21 sacks by the fifth game of the season.

In 2005, the Wildcat defensive line accounted for just nine of K-State's 21 sacks, and only one defensive lineman had more than two sacks, as defensive end Tearrius George came up with four.

Against Oklahoma and Nebraska, the Wildcats recorded just one sack in each game, and in the season opener against Florida International, Golden Panther quarterback Josh Padrick went untouched, as K-State recorded no sacks.

It's no secret the Wildcats must have a better quarterback sack total in 2006 if K-State is to turn a 5-6 season from a year ago into a winning record and a bowl game.

In 2006, K-State will feature a smaller but hopefully quicker (see more productive) defensive line that starts with 6-foot-4, 240-pound sophomore Ian Campbell and 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt freshman Eric Childs at the two defensive end spots.

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