July 18, 2007

Healthy Nelson ready to produce

Injuries kept Jordy Nelson from putting up the type of numbers many expected out of him in 2006, but the Riley native enters his senior season 100 percent healthy and firmly entrenched as the top option in Kansas State's passing game. That distinction is more than enough to earn Nelson the No. 6 spot on our list of most important Wildcats.

Nelson was first nicked up in K-State's season opening win over Illinois State and battled injuries throughout the season, although he did appear in all 13 games. He started just nine, however, and failed to make a catch against Florida Atlantic, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Missouri.

It likely wasn't a coincidence that K-State had a hard time competing against the Huskers (21-3 loss) and Tigers (41-21 defeat) and had to mount a furious rally to earn a comeback victory against the Cowboys. The Wildcats need production from Nelson for the offense to flourish.

New wide receivers coach Dave Brock wasn't around last year but already understands the type of impact Nelson needs to have in 2007.

"I'm encouraged about how fast people say he is, and knowing he was a little banged up last year, he still had a bunch of big plays," Brock said.

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