March 29, 2007

Spring notes: Campbell has new role

It's hard to miss a player who finished with a Big 12 Conference best 11.5 sacks last season, but Kansas State hopes to make it harder for opposing offenses to find Ian Campbell in 2007.

The Wildcats plan to play a 3-4 on defense with greater regularity in the coming year, meaning Campbell won't work exclusively as a defensive end and will be moved around a bit starting this spring.

K-State will use multiple fronts - like it did a season ago - meaning that Campbell will still see time at end when K-State uses four down linemen, but when the Wildcats shift to a 3-4 don't be surprised if you see Campbell lined up a few yards away from the line of scrimmage.

"The 3-4 is something we'll definitely use this season. It will affect me in the sense that I'll have an opportunity to play outside linebacker and defensive end, and I'm looking forward to that opportunity," Campbell said. "It will give me a chance to give some different looks to the offenses."

A look at last season's NFL sack leaders provides a good example of the type of pass rush that can be created by a 3-4, and most specifically from the outside linebacker spot.

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