May 5, 2006

Wildcats have improved along defensive line

At the start of spring practice Kansas State's defensive line was filled with more questions than the SAT. The Wildcats returned just a combined four sacks along its front four, and senior defensive tackle Quintin Echols, arguably K-State's best defensive lineman, found himself way down the depth chart.

There's no denying the fact the line improved throughout the spring, however, and could surprise in 2006.

THE GOOD NEWS: Echols came into spring practice out of shape and possibly in the doghouse of K-State's new coaching staff, but by the end of the Spring Game Echols was showing flashes of the player he was in 2005 and likely moved himself back to the top of the depth chart at one of the defensive tackle positions.

K-State has some depth at tackle along with Echols. Sophomore Alphonso Moran was a starter last year but battled injury early in the spring, which allowed converted defensive end Blake Seiler to receive extended repetitions at tackle.

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