June 16, 2006

Defense must again become a strength

359.5 = Yards per game allowed by K-State in 2005; 8th in Big 12/45th nationally.

The number seven means a lot to Kansas State football fans.

Of course, there's the obvious meaning: seven points equals a touchdown plus the extra point.

Michael Bishop, the 1998 Heisman Trophy runnerup, wore No. 7 during his two outstanding years as K-State's quarterback in 1997 and 1998.

In his seventh season, former coach Bill Snyder reached the 10-win plateau for the first time.

Then there's the seven straight seasons in which the K-State defense ranked in the top 6 in total defense, from 1997-2003.

That streak stopped at seven, when the Wildcats finished with the 43rd-ranked defense in the nation in 2004.

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