October 4, 2007

Carney stepped in when needed

Filling the shoes of Kansas State safety Marcus Watts is no easy task, especially in a game against a Top 10 team. Chris Carney proved to be up to the challenge last Saturday, however, as the sophomore made sure the Wildcats' secondary didn't miss a beat in Watts' absence. Carney, who was thrown into a starting role just prior to the game's kickoff, was an crucial part of the unit that held then-No. 7 Texas to 21 points last weekend, securing a Wildcat victory.

"The coaches told me the night before, to be ready," Carney said. "Regardless of if he was playing or not, I knew I would be playing a lot. They just told me to get ready the night before."

Despite the short notice, Carney shined in his starting role, recording a career-high five tackles and breaking up a pair of passes in Austin. And while Carney may have been pushed into an increased role in a hurry, he says he was mentally prepared well before the onset Saturday's game in Austin.

"I wouldn't say I was pushed into it," Carney said. "Starting isn't a big deal as long as we win. It was nice to start, but winning is all that's important to us."

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