Jon McGraw will be asked to fill in at safety for the Kansas City Chiefs while Eric Berry recovers from a season-ending knee injury. The task will be difficult. Berry was the Chiefs’ top draft pick a year ago, and has become one of their top overall defenders.
Good thing McGraw went through a similar situation while playing for Kansas State, when he replaced Lamar Chapman in 2000.
From a story in today’s Kansas City Star by Kent Babb:
In McGraw’s fifth game as a starter, he had two interceptions against Colorado. He returned one for a touchdown in a 44-21 win. He went on to be a second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2002, months after taking his own place on the All-Big 12 team.
“A great feeling for K-State fans to realize that this guy is a big-time player,” (Stan) Weber said. “… Everyone felt comfortable with him playing, but then he just kept going and going. He just keeps improving slightly.”
More than a decade later, McGraw has another chance to show that he’s capable, but more than that, a chance to ease fans’ fears that there won’t be a colossal dropoff from McGraw to the player he’s replacing.
– One of the advantages of K-State opening the season against an injured Eastern Kentucky team and then practicing during a bye week? The Wildcats currently have the best numbers of any defense in the country. K-State defenders will be out to prove themselves, and hand on to their lofty status, against Kent State.
– It looks like Bill Snyder has picked up a new tight end/defensive end from Cypress, Texas.
– Monday should be a big day in the conference realignment saga. Oklahoma’s regents are scheduled to meet and discuss the issue.