Four Cats Named to KC Star All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. Sophomore defensive end Ian Campbell headlined a list of four Wildcats named to the Kansas City Star’s 2006 All-Big 12 football teams Tuesday.

Campbell, a first-team selection, was one of three Wildcat defenders to make the Star’s 2006 All-Big 12 teams. Senior linebacker Brandon Archer and junior defensive back Marcus Watts were second-team selections.

Senior offensive lineman Greg Wafford, also a second-team pick, was the lone Wildcat to earn a spot on the on the offensive side of the ball.

Campbell, a former walk-on who has blossomed into one of the nation’s top rush ends, consistently ranked among the country’s leaders in both sacks and tackles for losses during 2006.

The Big 12’s top tackler among defensive lineman with 60 stops, Campbell tied the K-State single-season record for sacks with 11.5 on the year and heads into the bowl season ranked fifth nationally in that category. He also led the Big 12 in tackles for losses with 16.5, a figure that ranks 19th in the country.

Archer, K-State’s leading tackler for the third straight season, picked up his third consecutive second team all-league designation from the Star after ranking sixth in the Big 12 during the regular season with a career single-season best 97 tackles.

A consistent big-play threat throughout the year, seven of Archer’s tackles came behind the opposition’s line of scrimmage, including 2.5 sacks. He also broke up four passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.

Watts’ season was limited to just eight games due to an injury, however the junior still produced a number of huge plays in the K-State secondary.

In just four starts, Watts collected 19 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and three interceptions. He also forced a pair of fumbles, blocked a punt and had a crucial pass break-up at the goal line in the Wildcats’ late-game defensive stand against Oklahoma State.

One of the Big 12’s most versatile linemen, Wafford was the only K-State offensive lineman to start all 12 games during the regular season.

After opening the year at left guard in the first five games of the season, Wafford was moved outside to tackle for the final seven games and continued to provide K-State will high-quality performances as he consistently graded out as the Wildcats’ top offensive lineman.

The linchpin in K-State’s rushing attack that averaged 150 rushing yards over the final five games of the season, Wafford was flagged for just two penalties for the entire year none in the final six games despite on the field for over 95 percent of Kansas State’s 742 offensive snaps.