2013 Senior Day Guide: Defense & Special Teams Mike Tufano November 21, 2013 Features, Overtime Chaquil Reed Defensive Line Chaquil Reed Chaq Reed might be the biggest turnaround player on a defense that made a huge turnaround over the course his senior season. This Butler County Community College transfer played in only 4 games last year, and recorded only one tackle, but has played extremely well in the run stop defense, and has been a huge part of it getting better each week. Tre Walker Linebackers Tre Walker Tre Walker began getting starts as a freshman back in 2010. In 2011 he played every game and became the stuff of legends when he stopped Jacory Harris in Miami on 4th down to preserve a huge K-State win that ended up jump starting one the most memorable seasons in years. Injury kept him on the sidelines the final 5 games last year, but he’s been back making plays this season as a team captain. Preach it, Tre. Blake Slaughter This senior from Missouri City, Texas took a strange route through K-State, but one that ultimately led to more playing time. Knowing he’d end up sitting the majority of the year behind Arthur Brown, Slaughter red-shirted last season and came back this year as the starting middle linebacker. With his position a question mark area going into the season, , Blake has been an anchor in the middle of the field. He even snagged a key interception this past Saturday against TCU. Kip Daily Defensive Backs Dorrian Roberts After transferring from Hutchinson Community College, Roberts red-shirted in 2011, then didn’t play in 2012. This season he’s been thrust onto the field in a relatively thin secondary. It started shaky but he has gradually worked his way into playing solid defense and even recorded an interception against both West Virginia and Iowa State. Carl Miles, Jr. Since transferring from Georgia Tech, Miles has primarily played as a special teams player. As he’s been needed in the secondary he’s been able to step in and make some nice plays, including 5 tackles on Saturday against TCU. Kip Daily Kip Daily is another one of the guys who had to step up this season for the first time in the secondary, and he’s done so extremely well. He had 2 interceptions against UMass including one for a pick-6. He also had a huge game against Texas Tech with 8 tackles. Ty Zimmerman 2 possible names come to mind when you consider who the hero of the 2013 team defense is. Only one is a senior, and you know who I’m talking about. He may end up missing the final 2 games of the year with an injury, but that doesn’t take away from how great he’s been this season. He had 5 interceptions last season before that one ended early with an injury. When K-State has needed a big play on defense, Ty Zimmerman has been one of the guys you look to for the past two years. Mark Krause Special Teams Mark Krause Krause had big shoes to fill as the punter this year, and didn’t fully earn the starting job until just before the start of the season. Since then he’s done extremely well when called upon. This season he has averaged 42.9 yards per punt and even had a beautiful punt negated by a TCU penalty that would have pinned them on the 3 yard line last Saturday. Ethan Hammes Hammes transferred in 2012 from Butler County Community college. He hasn’t seen any game action in his time at K-State but is working on a degree in agricultural business. Marcus Heit From Derby, Kansas, Marcus took over the long snapping duties in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. You know why you haven’t heard his name very often? Because Heit never misses a snap. Never.