October 10, 2007

Viers steps into void left by Bedore's injury

At just more than 270 pounds, Trevor Viers doesn't look like a Division I offensive linemen, and K-State sophomore definitely doesn't look like the staring center at a Big 12 university. Starting now, however, the somewhat undersized Viers will now have to be just that, as an injury to center Jordan Bedore, who many consider to be the Wildcats' best offensive lineman, has pushed Viers into the top spot on the team's depth chart.

Though, the loss of Bedore is by no means a blessing, things could have been worse for the K-State offensive line, as Viers has been impressing coaching since training camp, when he nearly won the starting job outright. The 6-foot-5 Viers received a wealth of the reps as the starter during preseason workouts, and Coach Ron Prince entertained the idea of moving Bedore elsewhere to make room for the talented sophomore. And while, ultimately, Viers failed to earn a spot in the team's starting lineup, everyone, including the man that will be handling his snaps, sees him as more than capable of responding to challenge with which he has recently been presented.

"Trevor was our starting center for the better part of camp, and in my eyes, he does just as good of a job as Bedore," said quarterback Josh Freeman. "Bedore is just more experienced and maybe has a few more skills. Trevor is a hard worker. He came out this summer and was up to speed on everything, even though he had never played center."

Though it didn't result in a change, the position battle that raged on for the spot in the middle of the Wildcats' O-line during the offseason may have benefited the team in previously unthought of ways. Viers, who had never lined up as a center at any level prior to this spring, saw his confidence grow with each rep he took with the team's first unit this summer, and that feeling has not faded in the least.

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