This week’s player to watch: Roosevelt Nix

Roosevelt Nix made quite a name for himself last season when he became the first true freshman to ever be named Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-American Conference.

The 6-foot (or 5-foot-11, depending on where you look) 244-pound defensive tackle earned the honor by making a whopping 20 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks, and forcing four fumbles. Now a sophomore, many in the MAC are wondering how he didn’t get more of a look from nearby Big 10 schools, especially after he started the 2011 season by recording a sack and two tackles for loss at Alabama.

No wonder he was a consensus freshman All-American and made it onto both the Bednarik and Nagurski Watch Lists.
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Position Preview: Offensive Line

Based on the lineups used during last week’s Fan Appreciation Day, here is what Kansas State’s offensive line should look like a week from Saturday against Eastern Kentucky:

Manase Foketi at left tackle, Keenan Taylor at left guard, B.J. Finney at center, Colten Freeze at right guard and Clyde Aufner at right tackle.

Even with the losses of Zach Kendall, Wade Weibert and Kenneth Mayfield, you pretty much know what you’re going to get with that lineup.

Foketi is a senior who started a year ago at the same position. He was good enough to win the spot and hold it all season, but he never did anything extraordinary. Aufner only started nine games at right tackle, but earned more praise from his coaches. Both should be solid returners on the ends of K-State’s line.

On the interior, where K-State will need to replace the three veteran leaders mentioned above, there are more question marks. Finney looks like a strong up-and-comer at center, but he is only a redshirt freshman.

The two guard spots seemed like a toss up heading into fall practices, and Taylor and Freeze may have to prove themselves in games to earn sustained playing time.
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