Sims set to return Saturday

He's missed the first three games, but junior linebacker Ted Sims said he is about 95 percent healthy and ready to play Saturday against Texas A&M. Sims' return could be some of the best news the Wildcat defense has had all season.

Kansas State's linebackers will have a very different look this weekend at Texas A&M.

The reason for that will be because of the return of Ted Sims, if everything works out this week at practice.

The junior linebacker, who has been absent from the first three games, practiced Tuesday and said baring any setbacks, he'll be playing Saturday and right now he's at "about 90-95 percent."

"It was frustrating at the time, especially the game we lost," he said. "We got beat on offense, defense, and special teams. It's frustrating to watch the team play like that, especially after a year like last year. I think this weekend is going to be a real test for us, and will tell what we are all about."

Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. central time on TBS.

The return of Sims might be just what the Wildcats (2-1) need to get on track in the Big 12 Conference opener—on the road nonetheless.

In his absence, junior Matt Butler has been playing middle, with Brandon Archer and Marvin Simmons on the outside.

Sims, who was fifth on the team in tackles last season with 79, said leadership is what has the defense has been lacking this season, something he hopes changes with a win over the Aggies.

"We've got linebackers in there that can prove themselves and that are doing a good job," he said. "Everybody is getting better. It just takes some time.

"They just need some leadership and intensity. You really haven't seen the fire you usually have with the Lynch Mob. I think this weekend we are really going to see that come around again."

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