Talk about positions that are wide open, just check out the wide receiver spots in the Kansas State football camp this spring. vJordy Nelson and his 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns are gone through graduation, as are the 26 nabs for 306 yards by Daniel Gonzalez.
And this spring, also missing due to academic deficiencies is Deon Murphy, who was the second-leading receiver a year ago with 57 catches for 605 yards.
What this does is leave the door wide open for down the line pass catchers like Ernie Pierce (6 for 69), Cedric Wilson (5 for 46) and Lamark Brown (3 for 33), plus newcomer Adrian Hilburn to step up and take control of a position.
"I've been waiting for spring ball since the final gun (to 2007)," said Brown. "I can't wait to get started."
Brown came to K-State out of Missouri's Hazelwood West High School as a multi-purpose talent who shined at running back, wide receiver, but also as a defensive back.
As a senior, he rushed for 584 yards and gained better than six yards per carry. He also caught three passes, plus averaged 33 yards on five kickoff returns.
Defensively, he had 36 unassisted tackles, blocked three field goals, two punts and recovered a fumble.
While the thought of Brown being shifted to defense has been bantered around, the 6-fooe-3, 229-pounder says, "No deal. I'm here to help the team on offense. I have a chance to show the coaches that I can play. If you show them you can play, they'll get you on the field.
"Jordy's gone, Deon's not here right now, so the position is wide open," said Brown. "I just want to keep working hard, not get down on myself if I happen to mess up, and move on to the next play."
Brown saw action in eight games last year, making one start at Oklahoma State. He was also a fixture on multiple special teams.
"I felt good with my season, but I know I can do so much more," Brown said. Brown's talking for himself, and for the team.
"We started off strong, but we didn't finish," Brown said. "We're not going to let that happen again. We all have the motivation to go out there this year and get it done."