It was on Monday at coach Ron Prince's weekly press conference that he said he was not pleased with the play of the linebackers, but when asked about new starters, he said, "If we need to move people, we will, but it's not something we are set on right now."
On Thursday, Prince was set, and there are two new starters to the K-State defensive lineup that will take to the field Wednesday at Louisville.
Hanson Sekona, a 6-0, 230-pound transfer from College of San Mateo, will start ahead of Reggie Walker at one of the two inside linebacker spots, while Walker is moved outside and will play behind Antwon Moore.
Overall, Prince said on Monday, "It is just that this is a linebacker-driven defense. It is intended to be very disciplined, but also have it create some opportunities."
Playing behind Sekona is 5-11, 230-pound redshirt-freshman Alex Hrebec.
Rookie Brandon Harold is the second new starter at defensive end in front of Eric Childs. After starting the first two games, Childs will now back Campbell. Behind Harold will be Raphael. In the Montana State game, the massive 6-6, 264-pound Harold was second in tackles with six, which included three for negative yards.
"I could tell when he came in, that he was going to be able to contribute," said Campbell of Harold, a native of East St. Louis, Ill. "He has the size, the speed and has the overall frame to be a defensive end."
But more than that, Campbell is impressed with Harold's attitude.
"I think he has come in and sponged everything. He writes things down. He asks me why I gave myself a zero on a play when all I did wrong was footwork," Campbell said. "He thinks that through. It's not about just being in the right gap, it's about footwork, right leverage and trying to get to the ball every play."