Sports Extra: Depth at 'DT' Will Come From Unknowns

Raphael Guidry

Aug. 22, 2011

Editor's Note: Today, "K-State Sports Extra" concludes its nine-part look at the 2011 Wildcats as each assistant coach has taken an in-depth look at his respective position.

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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You know the names of Ray Kibble and Raphael Guidry, but Kansas State has some new names from the junior college ranks to provide depth to the interior defensive line.

The names are Darryl Blackmon (6-8, 275, City College of San Francisco), Bo Tillman (6-6, 275, Copiah-Lincoln CC) and Vai Lutui (6-2, 280, Mt. San Antonio CC).

For each new Wildcat, interior defensive line coach Mo Latimore says, "I hate to speculate on what they can do when they haven't done anything."

The individuals the newcomers are competing against are Kibble (6-4, 305, Sr.) and Guidry (6-4, 290, Sr.), who started nine and eight games, respectively, in 2010.

Kibble recorded 30 tackles with four pass deflections and one forced fumble, while Guidry had 36 stops, which included 3.5 for loss and a pass deflection.

"We're both better than last year," said Kibble. "We hear that the line might be a questionable area on the team, and that motivates us."

On the overall position, Latimore said, "We have a couple guys back that we are expecting bigger things from. They're both excellent players, who we are pleased to have going into their senior season."

Additional depth will come from Payton Kirk (6-5, 264, Sr.), who can also play the end position, plus Jordan Allred (6-3, 300, Jr.), who redshirted last year as an offensive lineman.

Of the potential depth as his position, Latimore stays firm in saying, "Only time will tell what the rest will bring to the table."

MEET Mo Latimore (Interior Defensive Line)
• 28th season with K-State
• Graduate assistant in 1976 and 1977, assistant coach from 1978-85 and 1994-11
• Other stops at UTEP (1986-88) and Missouri (1989-93)
• Played for K-State from 1970-71 as an offensive guard and later in the Canadian Football League
• Has coached in 14 bowl games, which includes 13 at K-State
• Wife - D'Anne;  Children - M.L. and Mallory; Grandchild - Talor

Jordan Allred, 6-3, 300, Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Pierce JC)
Darryl Blackmon, 6-8, 275, Jr., San Francisco, Calif. (City College of SF)
Raphael Guidry, 6-4, 290, Sr., Texas City, Texas (La Marque)
Ray Kibble, 6-4, 305, Sr., Houston, Texas (Navarro JC)
Payton Kirk, 6-5, 264, Sr., Liberty, Mo. (Liberty)
Vai Lutui, 6-2, 280, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah (Mt. San Antonio CC)
Bo Tillman, 6-6, 275, Jr., McCall Creek, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

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