MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There was a period during the late 1990s, back in Bill Snyder's first tenure at Kansas State, when the Wildcats annually fielded one of the best defenses in the country.
There are signs that another stout defense is forming in the Flint Hills.
Heading into a high-profile game against sixth-ranked Oklahoma, the No. 15 Wildcats have already piled up eight sacks and 22 tackles for loss, an increase of nearly 50 percent over last season.
It's not just one player who makes the Wildcats' defense dangerous, either.
Meshak Williams, whose seven sacks tied him for sixth in the Big 12 last year, is back rushing quarterbacks. Linebacker Arthur Brown skipped the NFL draft to return for his senior season. Focus on either of them too long and you might miss Adam Davis, who already has three sacks this year.