Many Line-up Changes to the Two-Deep

Normally, a two-deep football roster is pretty much written in pen one month into the season, but coach Ron Prince is using plenty of pencil lead and wearing out erasers entering the Big 12 season.

After completing a 3-1 non-conference portion to the season, there are changes aplenty on Kansas State's two-deep look heading into Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Texas Tech at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Last week's first-time starters Lamark Brown at running back, Zach Kendall at left guard will keep those positions on offense, while Daniel Calvin will start for the second week in a row at defensive tackle over Brandon Balkcom.

Moving from second team to first team against the Red Raiders will be Reggie Walker over Antwon Moore at outside linebacker, while Blair Irvin will start over Ray Cheatham at cornerback.

Noticeably new to the linebacking grouping is 5-11, 238-pound junior John Houlik, who was reportedly dismissed from the team in August, at least in part, due to a DUI arrest.

Houlik is listed behind Ulla Pomele at one of the two inside-backer spots instead of Kevin Rohleder. Houlik, a product of Wichita Collegiate High School, started five games and played in all 12 games last year registering 68 tackles, which included four for negative yardage.

New second-teamers are Matt Wykes as a receiver behind Brandon Banks, Eric Benoit has moved ahead of Kenneth Mayfield at right guard, and Logan Dold behind Brown at running back.

That leaves Keithen Valentine, who started the first three games, relegated to third-team running back.

On defense, Vlad Faustin is now behind Brandon Harold at end, Tysyn Hartman behind Chris Carney at safety, and Otis Johnson has replaced Billy McClellan at d-back behind Joshua Moore.

Prince is now starting seven members of the 2008 recruiting class. That's receivers Banks and Aubrey Quarles on offense, plus d-linemen Harold and Calvin, Irvin at cornerback, and linebackers Hansen Sekona and Pomele.

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