October 11, 2006

A new No. 1?

Defensive end Ian Campbell has held the top spot on the Wildcat Hot 11 throughout the 2006 season, but a fellow Kansas State defender has done enough in recent weeks to push Campbell for the No. 1 ranking. The sophomore defensive end continues to produce week after week, but has he done enough to hold off a teammate who always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time?


1. Marcus Watts
Watts was K-State's best player last season, and through six games it's become clear that the Hays native can claim that title once again. Watts did it all against the Cowboys, blocking a punt for a touchdown and breaking up two potential game-winning passes on OSU's last possession, including an interception on the final play. Watts now has three interceptions on the year to lead the team.

2. Ian Campbell
Campbell has done enough to earn the top spot - he leads K-State both in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (10) - but Watts continues to make too many game-changing plays to rank anything lower than No. 1. Still, Campbell is having a fantastic season and is playing like one of the conference's best defensive ends as a sophomore. He's in contention for first-team All Big 12 honors.

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