Juggling Act on Defense

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State has holes to fill on defense with the departure of Joshua Moore to the NFL Draft, plus the loss of the likes of Jeffrey Fitzgerald on the d-line. But with the help of this year's recruiting class, there are Wildcats to plug those holes.

Coach Bill Snyder's tone was one of disgust when asked about the decision of Joshua Moore to leave Kansas State one year early to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

Asked what his cornerback had heard from the National Football League, Snyder was quick to respond: "He didn't hear anything from the NFL, but someone else had his ear."

Snyder said he had conversations with Moore about his NFL potential, but admitted to being somewhat surprised by the decision.

Declining to mention names, Snyder said there were multiple prospects from this year's signing class who might be a potential starter to replace Moore in the Wildcat secondary.

From the junior college ranks, Matthew Pearson (6-0, 190, Hutchinson Community College), could be in the mix, plus two members of last year's team in Terrance Sweeney (5-10, 175) and Darius Thomas (6-0, 180).

And, Snyder didn't slam the door of a high schooler like either Joseph Bonugli (6-0, 192, San Antonio, Texas) or Courtney Thompson (6-0, 180, Miramar, Fla.) from making some noise. The 2010 class also bolstered KSU's end-to-end positions with seven signees.

That includes tackles Prizell Brown (a 2009 starter, but official member of this year's class), plus juco transfers Ray Kibble (6-5, 310), Justin Williams (6-0, 290, Navarro Junior College) and Javonta Boyd (6-4, 302, Butler County Community College).

Adding to K-State's depth at end will be Adam Davis (6-1, 242, Hutchinson Community College), plus prepsters Kyle Klein (6-5, 206, Loveland, Colo.) and Laton Dowling (6-3, 235, Dodge City, Kan.).

Davis is the highest profile recruit and one that Snyder calls "… an excellent pass rusher."

DEFENSIVE NOTES:

• Garden City Community College transfer Kadero Terrell (6-2, 235, Jr) could be the answer at end, but more likely will slide back to middle linebacker. Terrell missed the 2009 season with a broken leg.

• Help at linebacker? Depth is expected to come from Clarence Bumpas (6-2, 218, Fr) and Blake Slaughter (6-0, 219, Fr).

• Prizell Brown played as an undersized defensive tackle last year. The hope is to move him to end if either Javonta Boyd or Ray Kibble cane make the adjustment from the junior college ranks.

POTENTIAL 2010 DEFENSIVE STARTERS

( * - Years as a starter )

DE: Brandon Harold, Jr*

DT: Prizell Brown, Sr*

DT: Raphael Guidry, Jr*

DE: Antonio Felder, Sr*

LB: Alex Hrebec, Jr*

LB: Troy Butler, Sr*

LB: Kadero Terrell, Jr

CB: Darius Thomas, Soph

S: Tysyn Hartman, Jr**

S: Emmanuel Lamur, Jr*

CB: Stephen Harrison, Sr*


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