Auburn Opponent Breakdown: Kansas State Wildcats

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Aug 30, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Ryan Mueller (44) rushes the passer during a 55-16 win against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports



Defensive Coordinator: Tom Hayes

Defensive Style: 4-3

Defensive Depth Chart – Projected Starters

DE 44 Ryan Mueller, 6-2, 245, Senior

DT 99 Valentino Coleman, 6-2, 285, Senior

DT 95 Travis Britz, 6-4, 293, Junior

DE 75 Jordan Willis, 6-5, 250, Sophomore

OLB 39 Jonathan Truman, 5-11, 219, Senior

MLB 35 Will Davis, 6-0, 233, Sophomore

OLB 52 Mike Moore, 6-0, 217, Junior

CB 33 Morgan Burns, 5-11, 195, Junior

FS 20 Dylan Schellenberg, 6-0, 195, Senior

SS 22 Dante Barnett, 6-1, 186, Junior

CB 7 Danzel McDaniel, 6-1, 205, Junior

On defense, the Wildcats returned only four starters from the 2013 unit that won six of the last seven games of the season. The best player back for 2014 is senior defensive end Ryan Mueller, who had 11.5 sacks last season and was named a second team All-American. Mueller has three tackles for a loss and half a sack so far this season.

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  • Travis Britz is a returning starter at defensive tackle. He had 37 tackles and three sacks in 2013. Britz has seven tackles and a sack so far in 2014.

    Other than returning starter Jonathan Turman, the linebackers are inexperienced. Turman had 89 tackles last season, including 4.5 tackles for a loss and is the leading tackler for the team in 2014 with 15 in two games.

    Mike Moore and Will Davis combined for 23 total tackles in 2013. Junior college transfer D’Vonta Derricott was expected to earn a starting role, but he has not yet. Freshman Elijah Lee leads the team with 2.5 sacks so far this year.

    In the secondary, Dante Burnett is an All-Big 12 caliber performer at strong safety. The junior had 75 tackles and four interceptions in 2013 and has accumulated ten tackles through two games this season, which ranks third on the squad. Dylan Schellenberg will team with him as the free safety.

    At corner, the Wildcats will rely on starters Morgan Burns and Denzel McDaniel. Burns leads KSU with three pass breakups, and has also contributed six tackles and a tackle for a loss. McDaniel has nine tackles and a sack. Fellow corner Randall Evans has been very active through two games. The senior is second on the team with 13 tackles, and has the only interception for the Wildcats.