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Kansas State Game Preview Part 1
The Baylor Bears host the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday evening. To pull off the upset, the Bears are going to have to slow down a Heisman candidate, and score on one of the best defenses in the nation. Collin Klein – Senior Quarterback The Heisman candidate is not a foreign name for Bears fans. In his two years as the full-time starting quarterback for the Wildcats, he is 20-3 for legendary coach Bill Snyder. While last year, he was much more of a running threat, he has improved as a passer this year. He is completing 69.7% of his passes, and has already surpassed his passing yards total for last year with 2020 yards on the year and 3 more games to go. He has 19 rushing touchdowns on the year, and has 12 passing. His rushing touchdowns are more impressive, as he has 52 total rushing touchdowns in his 2 ½ years of playing time for the Wildcats. His rushing touchdown total this year is just 3 less than the Bears have as a team. Those 19 are tied for the second most rushing touchdowns in the nation, for ANY player. Klein has also gotten much better as a passer this year. Last year, he struggled with getting the ball deep, but this year, their passing game has really fed off the success of the rushing attack. They don't pass it too often (just 21.7 attempts per game) but they average 9.7 yards per attempt when Klein is under center. That is the highest rate in the country. He also has the 7th highest completion percentage and the 8th best Passing Efficiency Rating. John Hubert – Junior Running back The second part of the Wildcats dynamic rushing duo, Waco native is the other primary offensive weapon for the Wildcats. He is their leading rusher with 783 yards on the season. Hubert is more of a straight-line runner, despite his limited size. The common observation with him is that he plays much bigger than 5-7, 190 as he does a great job of taking on tacklers. He is able to lower his shoulders and get the leverage on most tacklers due to his lack of ideal height. But he is also capable of taking one to the house with good speed. He is an all-around back for Kansas State. Arthur Brown – Senior Linebacker One of the best linebackers in the Big 12 coming into the season, Brown has lived up to the expectations. He is the leader in the middle for the best defense in the Big 12. The leading tackler for the Wildcats has 69 stops, including 6 behind the line of scrimmage. Known as "Predator" or "The Judge" by his teammates, Brown is a semi-finalist for the Butkus award, given annually to the nation's best linebacker. He is an aggressive linebacker who is excellent against the run, and capable at intercepting passes. IN fact, Bear fans probably remember him as the Wildcat that picked off Robert Griffin III's first interception in their victory over the Bears. Ty Zimmerman -Junior Defensive Back The starting strong safety is a big time play maker for the Wildcats on the defensive side of the ball. He is a steady tackler, and their leading turnover maker. He has 5 interceptions and a forced fumble so far in 2012. The third year starter is also one of the more seasoned players on the defense, and is its vocal leader. The former high school quarterback is excellent at reading plays and being in the right place. Allen Champman – Senior Defensive Back Chapman is one of the top cover corners in the Big 12, and will probably be given the difficult assignment of covering Terrance Williams. Another junior college transfer, Chapman is in his second season in Manhattan as well, is an athletic playmaker for the Wildcats. He had three interceptions earlier this year against Oklahoma State, and is great at breaking on the ball and making plays. Chapman has average height, but is a very good leaper who can challenge taller receivers. Meshak Williams – Senior Defensive End With 8.5 sacks, Williams has emerged as one of the best pass rushers in the country. He also has 10.5 tackles for loss. The Junior College transfer in his second season in Manhattan, came on strong last year for the Wildcats with 7 sacks, but has been much better this year. With his prototypical 6-3, 245 pound frame, Williams is tough to keep off of the quarterback. The reigning Big 12 defensive player of the week due to his 7 tackles, 2 sack, 3 tackles for loss and a pass broken up performance against TCU, was a pass-rush specialist last year for KSU, but this year has worked on being better in the running game, and turning into a 3-down lineman. Williams has the ability to take over the game from his defensive end position, and is excellent at forcing fumbles.
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