September 6, 2006

Making his mark

The first sack was the toughest. That's what Ian Campbell said. Campbell, the undersized 6-foot-5, 232-pound, sophomore and former walk-on turned superhero defensive end was discussing the art of the sack. He had quite an audience. That's what happens when you have three sacks. In your first career start. And you're named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Please, Campbell, tell us more.

"You can be a step away from getting five sacks," he said, "and you can be a step away from not getting any. It's all about timing."

"Are sacks important to you?" we asked.

"They're important to me because they feel good," he said. "It really gets the defense going. Like Coach Ron Prince says, a pass rush can solve any problems. That's how he feels about it. That's how the team acts. Yeah, they're very important."

Campbell had eight tackles, including five for a loss, with three sacks in Kansas State's 24-23 win over Division I-AA Illinois State. He had seven tackles, including one for a loss, and no sacks before that. Quite possibly, Campbell had the most impressive Week One of any K-State defensive end since the body-slamming, Longest Yard-acting Nyle Wiren.

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