Wildcats Loaded at Linebacker

Tre Walker

Aug. 20, 2011

Editor’s Note: “K-State Sports Extra” continues its nine-part look at the 2011 Wildcats with each assistant coach taking an in-depth look at his respective position.


By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra


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To say that Kansas State linebacker coach Chris Cosh is high on Arthur Brown is an understatement.

Brown has leadership, as evidenced by the fact he was elected a captain by his teammates despite not playing in a game for K-State.

“Now that’s pretty special when you haven’t played a game,” said Cosh. “It shows he made good use of his time in developing relationships and working hard on the scout team last year. That’s a place where you can go waste a year or you can use the time to get better. He worked hard every day and was voted a captain. I promise you that’s not just a popularity contest. You have to show something in practice.”

Brown also has talent as the 6-1, 223-pound junior runs the 40-yard-dash in the low 4.5s, benches 345 and squats 545.

“He has great closing speed. He can go from 0 to 60 like a Ferrari,” said Cosh of his product of Wichita East High School and transfer from the Miami Hurricane program. “He just has cat-like quickness, plus he also has a nose for the football.”

Behind Brown will be the experienced team captain Alex Hrebec (5-11, 240, Sr.), who has logged action in 34 games and has 177 career tackles.

“Alex is just a great addition in that he has great experience and has played all three of the linebacker positions,” said Cosh.

Tre Walker (6-3, 222, So.) will get the first look at “Will” linebacker, with Jarell Childs (6-2, 217, Jr.) serving as the top reserve.

Walker played in all 13 games as a true-freshman, which included a pair of starts. With 47 tackles, he was named a Freshman All-American.

Childs played running back with the Wildcats in 2008 and 2009 before being move to linebacker last year when he had 53 tackles.

“Tre plays with such great spirit and enthusiasm,” said Cosh. “He has that knack to find the football that you can’t teach. He’s gained strength, and that experience he gained last year will be a great help.

“Jarell was just learning the position last year,” said Cosh. “He has great cover skills and has some flexibility to his game.”

On the strong side are Emmanuel Lamur (6-4, 225, Sr.) and Jonathan Truman (5-11, 197, RFr.).

Lamur, a team captain, played his first two seasons at K-State as a safety before stepping forward to a linebacker position late last year. Lamur has 114 tackles in his career, which include 68 as a sophomore and 46 more last year.

“Lamur has that great length. He can cover a lot of ground by just putting his arms out,” said Cosh, who also serves as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator. “He’s like a young colt out there. He’s an older guy, but yet so new at the position and is just taking everything in.”

Of Truman, a redshirt freshman, Cosh said, “He plays with great strength. He’s an ex-wrestler and plays with that toughness.”

Additional depth will come from Blake Slaughter (5-10, 227, Jr.) and Tate Snyder (5-11, 223, RFr).

Slaughter has played in 21 career games with 50 tackles. Snyder, the grandson of head coach Bill Snyder and son of Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Sean Snyder, redshirted the 2010 season.


MEET Chris Cosh (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
• Fifth season with the Wildcats – 2004-05 and 2009-11
• Previous stops at Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Minnesota, UNLV, plus his alma mater of Virginia Tech as a student-assistant.
• Coached a pair of Butkus Award winners in Dana Howard and Kevin Hardy while at Illinois.
• Reached postseason play eight times with five different schools.
• Wife – Mary;  Children – Billy and J.J.


PROSPECTS AT LINEBACKERS
MIDDLE
Arthur Brown, 6-1, 223, Jr., Wichita, Kan. (Miami)
Alex Hrebec, 5-1, 240, Sr., St. Louis, Mo. (Oakville)

WEAKSIDE
Jarell Childs, 6-2, 217, Jr., Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park)
Blake Slaughter, 5-10, 227, Jr., Missouri City, Texas (Missouri City)
Tre Walker, 6-3, 222, So., Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North)

STRONGSIDE
Emmanuel Lamur, 6-4, 225, Sr., West Palm Beach, Fla. (Independence CC)
Tate Snyder, 5-11, 223, RFr., Manhattan, Kan. (Manhattan)
Jonathan Truman, 5-11, 197, RFr., Kechi, Kan. (Kapaun Mt. Carmel)


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