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Editor's Note: Today, "K-State Sports Extra" continues its nine-part look at the 2010 Wildcats with each assistant coach taking an in-depth look at his respective position.
 
 
By Mark Janssen
 
 
With a blend of new and old, interior defensive line coach Mo Latimore says, "I'm excited," about his cast of four inside defenders.
 
"These guys are much better than they were in the spring, and I hope they've even improved more over the summer," said Latimore, who is entering his 27th season on the Wildcat coaching staff spanning five decades. "They're all about the same ... like clones, in a sense."
 
Possible starters include newcomer Ray Kibble, a 6-foot-4, 296-pound sophomore from Navarro Junior College, plus returnee Prizell Brown, a 6-2, 265-pound senior, who came to K-State out of Blinn College as a defensive end in 2009.
 
Kibble arrived at K-State in January, so he was able to take part in the spring season, which Latimore said was a great benefit entering the fall camp.
 
"He gives us great size, great strength, plus he has some quickness and mobility," Latimore said. "He's proven to be a good run defender, who can use his hands."
 
Brown started five games and played in 11 last season as a junior, which included a career high of three tackles against Missouri.
 
"Inside is a good fit for him," said Latimore of Brown's move from end to tackle. "Each game last year we saw improvement. He's an athletic kid who can move. He has some quickness to his game and definitely some ability."
 
Also challenging for starting jobs are Raphael Guidry, a 6-4, 279-pound junior, who started six games last year. His best moment was a six-tackle performance against UMass. Guidry also played in nine games as a redshirt-freshman in 2008.
 
"He's vastly improved over last year, but he needs to continue to work to get better," said Latimore. "He's always had the bulk, but now he's getting stronger."
 
Javonta Boyd comes to K-State from Butler Community College, where he helped the Grizzlies to an 8-3 season last year. Boyd is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was ranked as the 58th best player in the state and the 30th best defensive tackle in the nation.
 
"He's making headway," Latimore said. "He's the same type of player as Kibble, but he just needs to improve."
 
Latimore says the area where most interior defenders have the greatest upside is learning "... how to use their hands. It's a real area of improvement for all of them."
 
Of the candidates, Latimore said, "A few years ago we had only three, so I'm excited about four guys to work with. We just hope another guy will pop up and do something exciting to even add to our depth."
 
MR. K-STATE: Mo Latimore is the "Mr. K-State" of the Kansas State football family. Latimore played for the Wildcats in 1970-71, coached on the Ellis Rainsberger staff as a graduate assistant in 1976, joined the Jim Dickey staff from 1978-85, and returned to coach for Bill Snyder, then Ron Prince, and now Snyder again from 1994 to the present. This is his 27th coaching season with the Wildcats.
 
COACH LATIMORE, interior defensive line, 27th season at Kansas State: Coached in all 12 bowl games in Kansas State history ... other collegiate coaching experience at UTEP and Missouri ... native of Byron, Ga., and product of Hutchinson Community College ... earned All-America honors with the Cats in 1971.