"These Guys are Physical"

Colorado defenders rank high in many statistical categories The struggling K-State offense will have its hands full Saturday when the football team travels to Boulder, Colo., to take on Colorado. The Buffs enter this weekend's matchup with the second-ranked total defense during Big 12 Conf. play this year, only giving up 324.6 yards per game - A Statistic not lost on Coach Prince and Co.

The K-State offense is 10th in the conference, averaging 326.8 total yards per game, and it is only scored seven offensive touchdowns during conference play, which is the least amount of any team in the Big 12.

"Their defense doesn't play like a 1-8 football team," quarterback Josh Freeman said. "They are playing like a team that has a chance to play in a big bowl game and we just have to prepare like we are going up against a Big 12 opponent."

The Colorado defense is anchored by its linebacking corps, which Wildcat coach Ron Prince said is possibly the best set of linebackers his team has faced this season.

Junior Jordon Dizon is averaging 10.8 tackles per game during conference play, which is second best in the Big 12. His counterpart, senior Thaddaeus Washington, is 10th overall in the conference with 8.6 tackles per game.

"These guys are physical, there's no flaw in their game," Prince said. "They've been very difficult to run the ball against, and they are very effective as blitzers."

The Wildcats haven't forgotten about the other players on the defense either.

The playmaker in the secondary is junior cornerback Terrence Wheatley. He has more interceptions during conference play (4) than any other player in the Big 12, and he is also third in passes defended with 1.6 a game.

The defensive line is anchored by senior end Abraham Wright, who is tied for the Big 12 sack lead with 5.5. He is also third in tackles for loss with 6.5. Prince compared this player to former college players Corey Moore and Dwight Freeney.

"I think he is every bit of a player as (Moore and Freeney) were in college. He has that kind of ability to rush the passer. He's been an absolute terror on offensive tackles this year. Every game he's just living in the backfield and if you don't take great steps to deal with him, he's the kind of player that can wreck the game."

The Buffaloes have many playmakers who are at or close to the top of many statistical category in the conference, but it hasn't translated into victories, as the team is only 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12.

Prince said he doesn't care about records, and he knows that winning a conference game on the road is a difficult task, no matter where a team plays.

"To be able to go on the road and play well will do us a lot of good. In order to accomplish that, we're going to have to practice well," he said.


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