August 16, 2006

Preseason Wildcat Hot 11

Kansas State is less than three weeks from officially kicking off the 2006 season, and with a new year comes a new edition of a tradition, the Wildcat Hot 11. In this preseason edition we find out just who will start at the top heading into a Sept. 2 matchup with Illinois State on a list that will feature a few surprises; some related to who made the cut, and some in regards to who was left off.


1. Jordy Nelson
Nelson is the only offensive player to make the top five, as he claims the top spot thanks the possibility of a huge junior season in K-State's new offense. The 6-foot-2, 213-poound junior caught 45 passes for 669 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year playing as a receiver last season. Nelson's immense physical ability, increased experience at the position and the likelihood of him being a focal point of K-State's offense could equal a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season.

2. Brandon Archer
Archer has a chance to be K-State's leading tackler for the third consecutive season and may be put in position to make more plays in the Wildcats' new defensive scheme than he has his previous two years as a starter. Always stellar in pass coverage, Archer rarely makes mistakes and has grown into a true leader within the program. As far as pure physical gifts go, however, Archer is arguably just K-State's third most talented linebacker.

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