April 19, 2007

Prince working to develop linebackers

Ron Prince doesn't dance around it. "Most of my concentration this offseason has been about the inside linebackers," he said. The Kansas State head coach in the spring sought aggressive run-stoppers and playmakers at the two inside linebacker spots to fit the 3-4 defense. What he spotted were five speedy attackers vying for playing time and primed to roam the field and disrupt offenses in the fall.

Inside linebackers believe "it's great" Prince put his focus on their position. Senior Marcus Perry believes the group will do its part to issue a notable performance in the Wildcats' public exam, the Purple-White spring game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

That linebacker coach Matt Wallerstedt issued grade cards to each player the morning after each practice inspired ownership and pride, reaping consistent improvement among the group that has seemingly thrived behind an all-out hard-hitting mentality.

Perry can't wait to help put on a show.

"The team and coaches are excited with the new defense," he said. "We'd like to show everybody that we've got a good feel and that it's going to bring a lot of big plays."

It will mark an important step for the group that must be an integral cog in the Wildcats primary package for 2007.

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