Preview 2018: Kansas State Wildcats. Time To Pull Off A Big Year

Preview 2018: Kansas State Wildcats. Time To Pull Off A Big Year

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Preview 2018: Kansas State Wildcats. Time To Pull Off A Big Year

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What You Need To Know About The Kansas State Defense

– The pass defense has to be better, and it has to do it without D.J. Reed. The team’s top corner is now a San Fransisco 49er, but the other three starters are back for a secondary that accomplished the nearly impossible feat of being the worst in the Big 12.

The second-worst pass D in the country was hammered for 205 passing yards or more in each of the last 11 games, and was hit for 375 or more six times. There’s a little more developed depth now, and the experience is there, but the stops have to come.

– Offenses were too busy bombing away to run the ball on a regular basis against the K-State defense, but it was still a decent year for the line. Two starters are gone, but the starting foursome should be good enough to get by, starting with end Reggie Walker and tackle Trey Dishon.

The pass rush will be just okay again, and the tackle situation is a little thin – a few stars have to emerge in the rotation – as one of the biggest areas needing work in fall camp.

– Leading tacklers Jayd Kirby and Trent Tanking are gone from the linebacking corps, but former JUCO transfer Da’Quan Patterson looks ready to be a star, Virginia transfer Eric Gallon will be solid, and Elijah Sullivan is back after making 28 tackles on the outside – the trio will be strong. Now the depth has to develop behind those three.

Biggest Key To The Kansas State Defense

No, really, stop the pass in Big 12 play. It was a great year for conference quarterbacks, but the Wildcat pass defense was particularly bad. The team was able to overcome the problems with enough wins to have a decent season, but still, it got ugly.

The K-State secondary allowed 400 yards or more in four games over a five-game Big-12 stretch, and 372 yards to West Virginia in that fifth game. With 15 touchdowns allowed over the last five games, the pass defense got worse as the season went on. That has to flip by September 22nd when the Wildcats go to Morgantown to deal with Will Grier to open the Big 12 season.

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