David Ubben came out with another article in his series of Big 12 positional rankings on ESPN. He ranked the Wildcats linebackers 8th (click here to see all 12) and had this to say about the Cats:
8. Kansas State — K-State’s front seven struggled last year, but will get a big boost from Arthur Brown. One man won’t be enough to totally fix the Wildcats rush defense problems, though. K-State gave up 26 more yards on the ground per game than any other team in the Big 12 (more than 231 per game) but Brown may be playing in a 4-3 next fall rather than the 4-2-5 the Wildcats have employed since Snyder’s return. Alex Hrebec, Emmanuel Lamur, Tre Walker and Blake Slaughter will likely fill the rotation along with Brown.
Only Baylor and Texas Tech rank lower than a group that looked awful at times last season. Lets hope that our new emphasis on defense can get back to the days we remember with a Snyder staff. I love finally seeing Arthur Brown in the purple and silver, I just wish it happened when he came out of high school. Let’s hope Arthur plays more like our historic linebackers and not like all world transfer Marvin Simmons.