May 17, 2007

Spring review: defensive backs

All the talk surrounding Kansas State's change to a 3-4 alignment on defense won't have a ton of effect on the Wildcats' secondary, a group that will be led by senior safety Marcus Watts and sophomore cornerback Joshua Moore. Those two may grab the headlines but are far from the only reliable athletes in a Wildcat secondary that should be able to assist a front seven in transition.

The Good News: There's plenty of it. The Wildcats have a number of performers who are more than capable of contributing at both corner and safety. Let's start at corner, where Moore has locked down a starting role. The Florida native proved extremely hard to beat as a true freshman last season and has the physical skills to be an all-conference selection this season. After Moore K-State has a great deal of veteran experience in seniors Justin McKinney, Bryan Baldwin and Byron Garvin. All three have started and excelled at times, but that doesn't mean they'll be able to hold of Ray Cheatham come fall. Watts is the leader of the defensive backfield and have proven to be one of the Big 12's best at his position, but it's uncertain who will join him at the other safety spot.

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