July 25, 2006

Wafford ready to lead up front

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For Kansas State to prove wrong the doubters who placed the Wildcats at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference in the media preseason poll a variety of improvements must be made across the board, but perhaps no position group will be asked to take bigger strides than the offensive line. That unit, which battled injuries and inexperience throughout 2005, features senior guard Greg Wafford, who's comfortable in his new role as leader up front.

Wafford started all 11 games for K-State last season at right tackle but has now moved home to a more natural spot at left guard, and on a line that could also start three sophomores and a redshirt freshman the senior from Lancaster, Texas, knows he'll be asked to do more than simply produce on the field in 2006.

"I look at myself as the leader because I'm a senior, and I can see other linemen actually look up to me," Wafford said. "I consider that my role now and know I have to make sure to help everybody to keep improving, keep working hard.

"(The other linemen) are doing good. They're just trying to get in the best shape possible, he added. "We do line drills all the time, and they're always out there working, trying to get better, so they all look good to me."

Wafford certainly won't be alone in his efforts to teach his fellow linemen, however, as new head coach Ron Prince is known for his ability as an offensive line coach and gets much of the credit for the development of NFL first-round draft pick D'Brickashaw Ferguson at the University of Virginia.

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