Kansas State Defense Speaks Up

Kansas State Defense Speaks Up

Wildcat players talk about trying to stop the Razorbacks, their jungle cat mentality, and their lack of sexiness.
Greetings from Day 3 in Dallas!

We just spoke to some players on the Kansas State defense for about an hour at the media hotel.

On paper, it might appear that the Razorbacks offense will explode Friday night.  Nationally, K-State ranks 105th in passing defense (267 yds/gm) and 69th in scoring defense (27 pts/gm).

I asked defensive coordinator Chris Cosh about those numbers.

"The only stat that matters to us are the final numbers on the scoreboard," he responded with a grin.

On the flip side, what Cosh's team lacks in preventing the big play, they make up for by creating turnovers.  Kansas State is tied for 8th in the nation with 18 picks a game.

Other notes:

- Playing against pass happy teams in the Big 12 every week, there are plenty of comparisons to make with the Razorbacks offense.  The most popular were Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.  LB Emmanuel Lamur said the Hogs skill position players reminded him of Miami.

- DB Nigel Malone shared that the secondary refers to itself as the Cheetahs: "You've got the Tonka Trucks up front, the mid-size SUV's at LB, and us fast cats in the back."

- Good conversation with DE Jordan Voelker.  He admitted there's nothing flashy or sexy about the Wildcats defense.  He said they're often not the fastest or biggest players on the field, but they've found success by playing as a team.  That's been a common theme so far, this is a very unified group.

What's Next:

Arkansas offense players will be here at 1 PM to indulge us media folk, then it's off to the Lawry's Beef Bowl at 4:45 PM.
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