July 7, 2007

Patterson adds athleticism to defense

Kansas State has a group of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, but there's always room for one more, right? Junior college transfer Chris Patterson should play a key role in the Wildcats' 2007 season, but just where does he rank on the list of players most important to K-State's success in the upcoming season?

22. Tim Reyer
We've documented the Wildcats' struggles to convert third-down situations and keep drives alive in recent weeks, and if that trend were to continue in 2007 it becomes vital that Reyer helps the Wildcats stay competitive in the field-position battle.

K-State's fifth all-time leading punter averaged 42.1 yards a boot last season, a number good enough to rank 30th in the nation, to help set the Wildcat defense up in the best position possible. The senior-to-be was even better in Big 12 games, averaging 43.8 yards per punt.

The Wildcats would love to see Reyer continue to up his game against big-time competition again this season against a schedule that includes road trips to Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma State and Nebraska, among others.

21. Logan Robinson
It took Robinson some time to earn the trust of the Wildcat coaches, but by the end of the '07 campaign Ron Prince and his staff believed in the 6-foot-8, 339-pound school teacher enough to make him a starter over the final four contests.

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