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Opposing Player to Watch vs. Kansas State: Wyatt Hubert

The Defensive End Leads the Conference in Sacks Per Game

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Wyatt Hubert is, to put it mildly, a beast.

The junior defensive end is a big reason why Kansas State is 4-2 in the Big 12, despite fielding a defense that allows the third-most yards in the conference at just over 411 per game. Hubert has 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 18 total tackles in seven games. 2.5 of those came against the 14th ranked Cowboys, a game he finished with five tackles, 3.5 for loss. He also forced a fumble.

A quick look at his 2019 highlights shows how Hubert will command attention in the trenches on Saturday:

For the Cyclones to have any success on the ground, they will likely need to double up on Hubert early and often, a tactic Oklahoma State used after Hubert forced a fumble after sacking quarterback Spencer Sanders. Had it not been for an 85-yard scoop and score in the fourth quarter of their last game, the Wildcats would likely be entering this game at 5-1 in the Big 12. Simply put, they are not to be taken lightly.

HONORABLE MENTION - Wide Receiver/Punt Returner Phillip Brooks is explosive if he finds any seam at all. He leads the Big 12, averaging over 20 yards per return, and was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week on October 26 after returning four punts for 189 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas. That set a school record.