September 6, 2006

Archer finds himself in familiar role

Senior linebacker Brandon Archer, Kansas State's leading tackler for each of the past two seasons, picked up where he left off each of the previous two years by again leading the Wildcats in stops in the 2006 season opener.

Archer was credited with 13 tackles - he says the coaches had him down for 18 after watching film - and helped set the pace for a linebacker corps that hopes to be one of the Big 12 Conference's best.

"You want to set the tone, especially being a linebacker and leader of the defense. The biggest thing right now is just making sure we help the defense and ourselves and correct the little mistakes, because we played a decent team that took advantage of those mistakes," Archer said.

"That's really what we're focused on right now. It's nice to know we play well together and made some plays. It's a goal we've had and wanted, and we're going to try and make it happen."

As Archer alluded to, the Wildcats weren't perfect defensively in the season opener against Division I-AA member Illinois State. The Redbirds were able to rack up 346 yards of total offense and put 23 points on the scoreboard, but there were definitely segments in the game during which the K-State defense resembled some stellar Wildcat units of past years.

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