Thursday, March 15, 2012
Spring superlatives: Kansas State
By ESPN.com staff
Time to continue our series breaking down each team's best and worst positions entering the 2012 season. Kansas State is up next.
More spring superlatives:
Strongest position: Linebacker
K-State must replace converted safety Emmanuel Lamur, but the Wildcats have a great base in the middle of the defense. Senior Arthur Brown will be on the short list of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidates in 2012, and his partner in crime, Tre Walker, has tons of potential and good speed.
Brown holds down the middle while Walker, a junior, roams the weak side. Who takes over on the strong side? Like Lamur, K-State needs someone with great speed. Watch for that battle this spring. The Wildcats start spring practice on April 4.
Weakest position: Wide receiver
I'll preface this by saying Kansas State doesn't have what I'd call a true weakness at any position. There are few positions in which the team truly excelled (I'd point to offensive line and cornerback as the team's best positions in 2011), but relative to the rest of the Big 12, the Wildcats need help at wide receiver.
Part of the low numbers for the position is Kansas State's offense, which threw the ball just 290 times last year, the fewest attempts in the Big 12. Three teams in the league (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) literally doubled Kansas State's pass attempts.
Still, K-State returns its three leading receivers, so there's hope at the position. Tyler Lockett is a shifty speedster, but Chris Harper and Tramaine Thompson are the best pure receivers on the team. Beyond that duo, however, K-State lacks much additional, reliable depth at the position.