The Kansas State Wildcats’ season will officially be underway in just a few weeks! KC Kingdom wants to get you ready with coverage of the 2014 Kansas State Wildcats football team by providing different depth charts on the team. Today we’ll be taking a look at the linebackers.
For my post on the KSU defensive line, just click here.
K-State has developed very good linebackers in the past few seasons including Arthur Brown from 2011-2012 and Blake Slaughter. Slaughter and Tre Walker graduated and have since moved on. Obviously it would be nice to see the KSU linebackers return to the dominating force they have been known to be.
The only one returning for the K-State who started last year in every game is Jonathan Truman. Now, we eagerly await find out who other than Truman will step up and fill the spot.
Linebackers (Probable Starters): Jonathan Truman, Charmeachealle Moore
Truman was second on the defense to Slaughter last year with 89 tackles. The team captain (at least one of them) is expected to be a leader where this core is needing to fill holes. Truman has a nose for the football and every once and awhile has the ability to make a game changing play.
Meanwhile, Moore was mostly used on 3rd down to rush the passer from the defensive end spot. If Moore can improve his standing he can be at least the third linebacker if Kansas State went to a 4-3 system.
Off the Bench
The most talked about player for Kansas State is D’Vonta Derricott who comes from Garden City, Kansas. The JUCO transfer made 55 tackles and an interception last season. Derricott, if he performs well in practice, could be in the starting group. Freshman Nick Ramirez also could see some action as well.
Kansas State will be deep at this position in 2014. Joining the Wildcats in this battle are Will Davis and Dakorey Johnson who is entering his senior season. Johnson only made only 6 tackles last season.
Coming with stopping the run, this part of the K-State defense needs to find a few more playmakers who can get to the football. Otherwise it will be another up and down season.
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