No. 19 Kansas State: 'They Don’t Give Up Big Plays'
Kansas State’s defense is about as basic as it gets, but it’s really good. It was No. 1 in the Big 12 in rush defense and total defense. It’s more of a base defense—four down, two safeties—but the players know how you’re going to attack them, and they know how to cover it up. They don’t give up big plays. They have a tackle [6-foot, 306-pound senior], Will Geary, who’s a really good player. Secondary-wise, they’re strong. D.J. Reed [a 5' 9" junior cornerback] does a great job of defending the deep ball and tackling anything underneath. They play hard, and they’re tough.
They have a lot more scheme on offense. They run more multiple sets. They’re a spread team, but they still utilize a lot of tight end and fullback packages. They’ve got people coming back, and that’s going to make this a good team. Their quarterback [6' 3", 212-pound senior Jesse Ertz] is an outstanding athlete who can hurt you through the air, but he’s also a great runner. In third-and-threes or third-and-fives, with a lot of teams it’s an automatic pass. Ertz is accurate and can do that, but he also can pull it down and run. They’re very physical on the offensive line.
Your possessions are going to be limited because they do such a good job of protecting the football and moving the chains.