October 24, 2006

Replacing Watts no easy task

The loss of junior safety Marcus Watts for the remainder of the season not only deprives Kansas State of one of its biggest playmakers but also an unquestioned team leader on the defensive side of the football. Questions about how to replace Watts headlined Tuesday's press conference at the Vanier Football Complex as K-State prepares to face Iowa State this weekend.

Wildcat head coach Ron Prince opened the conference by officially declaring Watts out for the remainder of the season as the result of an injury to his right hand, and Watts' teammates weren't shy to admit that the loss is a big one.

"Losing Marcus is a significant loss for us. He's an impact guy," defensive end Ian Campbell said. "We have some guys who can hopefully get their game up and step up in his place."

Watts was a key component of both the Wildcats' defense and special teams units. The Hays native led K-State with three interceptions while also chipping in with two sacks, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Watts also has a blocked punt to his credit, one that was returned for a touchdown in K-State's lone win in Big 12 play, a 31-27 triumph over Oklahoma State.

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