November 9, 2006

Wildcat Hot 11

The Wildcat Hot 11 has been dominated by defense throughout much of the season, but with the Wildcat offense finding a rhythm in recent weeks this edition of the Hot 11 has a much more balanced look. There's really no debating the top spot, however, as defensive end Ian Campbell continues to be K-State's most consistent performer.


1. Ian Campbell
Campbell, the Big 12 Conference's second-leading sacker, easily leads K-State in that category as well as tackles for loss while ranking third overall in total tackles. This athletic sophomore continues to prove himself week after week and certainly appears to deserve first-team All-Big 12 recognition at season's end.

2.Leon Patton
Patton is still splitting time at running back, but this true freshman has been the catalyst of K-State's offensive improvement over the last month. Patton has scored a touchdown in four of the Wildcats' last five games while rushing for 413 yards over the same time span. No. 14 averages 5.8 yards per rush and also makes his presence felt as a kick return specialist.

3. Brandon Archer
Archer provided the spark in K-State's 31-10 win over Iowa State two weeks ago, recovering two first-half fumbles after the Wildcats had fallen behind 10-0 early. The senior has been K-State's leading tackler from game one and is a big reason why the Wildcats will be heading back to a bowl for the first time since 2003.

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