Reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year LB Arthur Brown has finished his career with the Kansas State Wildcats and this is just as big of a blow as any to the squad as they try and re-tool for 2013. Registering 100 tackles last season, including seven for a loss with one sack, replacing the All-American will not be an easy task for Head Coach Bill Snyder and the rest of the Wildcats’ coaching staff.
Aside from the bludgeoning provided by RB Lache Seastrunk and the Baylor Bears in late November, costing Kansas State a trip to the BCS National Championship Game, the K-State defense performed quite admirably. Holding fast-paced offenses like the Oklahoma Sooners, West Virginia Mountaineers, TCU Horned Frogs, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders all to under 30 points last season, it was clear that Brown had a major part in that.
Replacing someone with, not only the leadership skills on the field, but the vocal leadership skills as well is never easy. Most times you look to someone within your linebacker crew. This is where Senior Tre Walker fits in.
Registering just 19 total tackles in an injury-shortened season last year, Walker will be back in 2013 and his role on the defensive side of the ball will expand tremendously.
Walker has the athletic ability to pick up right where Brown left off. Whether or not he has the vocal leadership abilities remains to be seen. With the firepower of the offenses in the Big 12, it’s a dogfight every week for defenses. Walker stepping up and leading the ‘Lynch Mob’ into battle every week, just as Brown did, is a major key for Kansas State getting back to a BCS game.