Justin Tuggle and Jarell Childs are both listed as possible starting linebackers on the Wildcats’ depth chart, and football coach Bill Snyder says both will play against Missouri State on Wednesday.
The tight competition isn’t a surprise.
Tuggle switched positions from quarterback, because he saw an opening for playing time. Childs is a former starter who once made 15 tackles in a game against Kansas, but he has struggled to find consistency. Both players are eager to win the starting spot.
One of them will eventually emerge as K-State’s third primary linebacker next to Arthur Brown and Tre Walker. It just may take a while for that to happen.
Right now, I’ve got to think Childs is slightly in the lead. He has more experience at the position, and is capable of making big tackles. But Tuggle is listed first on the depth chart (that could mean nothing or something with the letters OR next to his name) and is one of the best athletes on the team. In time, it’s not hard to see him start even if he doesn’t take the field first against Missouri State.