Cedrick Williams will start at cornerback opposite Randy Jordan this week, according to the depth chart released Monday morning.
Williams replaced Lavender in the first quarter of Saturday's 38-7victory over Massachusetts. Lavender bit on a play-action pass and was burned for a 65-yard touchdown pass. He didn't play again until the fourth quarter.
Williams, meanwhile, helped buckle down on Division I-AA All-America candidate Jeff Krohn. Krohn completed just 12-of-24 passes for 92 yards after the Minutemen's opening drive.
While some may question whether pulling Lavender after giving up that big play was premature, defensive coordinator Bob Elliot said perfection must be attained.
"You can't let that happen," he said. "You continue to let that happen it's destructive. It's a big deal to me. Guys that can't hold up on big plays — we'll just go down through the roster and try guys out until we find someone."
The reason Elliot was upset at the big play wasn't simply that Jason Peebler, the Umass receiver, outran Lavender. Rather, Elliot was frustrated that Lavender bit on the play-action pass after two consecutive running plays.
"If it's a mental error and you weren't paying attention," Elliot said, "we're not going to put up with that."
Williams was a highly recruited junior college transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. The 5-foot-11 cornerback was a preseason All-American and was rated No. 12 on the SuperPrep JuCo 100. He had 12 career interceptions, seven of them coming during his freshman year.
He moves into the starting lineup at the most difficult point in K-State's season. The Wildcats face Marshall this week, and stellar wide receivers Darius Watts and Josh Davis, before having an off week. Then they face Texas and wide receiver Roy Williams and Oklahoma State and their wide receiver, Rashaun Woods, in consecutive weeks.
"We've got some tough games now," Elliot said. "We'll just see if we're better than when we started. We need to get better, and if we can't, it's going to be a touch year."
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