November 7, 2007

Breaking down the Kansas State defense

Nebraska Opponent Defensive Scouting Report

Who: Manhattan, Kansas
School Colors: Purple and White
Record: 5-4

National Ranking: Unranked
Conference: Big 12 (North Division)

Head Coach: Ron Prince (Appalachian State, 1992): In his second season at Kansas State, 12-10 overall, 0-1 vs. Nebraska
Defensive Coordinator: Tim Tibesar

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 11:35 p.m (CDT)
Where: Memorial Stadium - Tom Osborne Field
TV: Versus
Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Nebraska leads 74-15-2
Base Defensive Formation: 3-4

On The Line: KSU has experience on its defensive line. The two ends - Moses Manu (6-2, 260) and Rob Jackson (6-4, 259) are both seniors. They've combined for 41 tackles, including 8.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Senior Clayton Cox (6-3, 236), a former walk-on, has also been solid performer as a back-up at right end. The Wildcats' nose tackle is junior Brandon Balkcom (6-0, 266). He's recorded 14 stops in 2007.

Linebackers: Junior strongside linebacker Ian Campbell (6-4, 249), an All-Big 12 Conference selection in 2006, is having another banner season with 7.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (2.5 sacks), an interception and four fumble recoveries. Senior middle linebacker Justin Roland (6-0, 245) is second on the team in tackles with 58. He's picked off three passes.

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