October 16, 2007

Key 1 for Wildcats: Stop Savage

Kansas State players hadn't yet tackled Oklahoma State tape on Monday afternoon, but defensive players would soon see how the Cowboys' offense operates with and without senior running back Dantrell Savage in the lineup. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder continues to recover from injury, but has rushed for 100 yards in each of the last four games and torched Nebraska for 212 yards last weekend.

No Oklahoma State player has done more damage on the ground since Vernand Morency busted loose for 261 yards at UCLA in 2004.

Savage's success comes as little surprise to K-State inside linebacker Justin Roland, though. He saw this coming a couple years ago.

During a 2005 junior college bowl game, Roland and his Northeastern Oklahoma A&M teammates had trouble stopping Savage from the get-go as he juked and cut his way downfield for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

"The first series we played against them, he took one to the house and then we kind of got used to his running style," Roland said. "He was a lot more shifty back then. He's a more downhill runner now. He's a good player."

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