Kansas State defensive end Tanner Wood impressed fans coaches alike during his 6-tackle performance against Baylor on Sept. 30, but the senior still isn’t quite satisfied with himself and his teammates.
According to the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett, Wood said the Kansas State defense needs to record more sacks as Big 12 play continues for the Wildcats.
“I would much rather have sacks,” Wood said, according to Robinett. “I will take whatever I can get … But we are still struggling in the sack department. We would like to get more in these next few games.”
Kansas State’s defense sits in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to team sacks – tied at No. 67 among all FBS teams with an average of 2 sacks per game. The Wildcats’ 8 sacks on the season, however, sit in the bottom half of the Big 12 – only trailed by Texas Tech, West Virginia and Kansas.
Wood has made 12 tackles on the season, but none have been sacks.
Kansas State could see those numbers change as they face a Texas offense on Saturday that has been less than 100 percent through the first month of the season. Texas starting quarterback Shane Buechele, notably, suffered a shoulder injury from a sack in Week 1 before spraining his ankle against Iowa State in Week 5.
With the plethora of dangerous quarterbacks that Big 12 has to offer – none of which Kansas State has faced thus far – the time is indeed now for Wood and the Wildcats to get settled with putting on the pressure before the even bigger games come around.