MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WIBW) - Kansas State has a daunting task in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Navy's triple option offense. The Midshipmen own the top-ranked rushing attack in the nation.
K-State will face off against Navy's highly touted triple-option offense. The Midshipmen lead the nation in rushing yards per game.
"I don't think we've played a team that's as tough as this team yet." Trey Dishon, KSU defensive tackle, said.
The Midshipmen misdirection and relentless rushing requires the Wildcats to consistently stay with their assignments and remain highly disciplined. And they view that challenge as a fitting one to end the year.
"This is the best team for us to play because it's like the ultimate of listen, everyone has to do their job." Scottie Hazelton, KSU defensive coordinator, said.
"It comes down to how well you can read your keys through the whole game." Elijah Sullivan, KSU linebacker, said. "The tempo gets you as well too and if you miss your key or you're out of your gap one time, you don't know how long of a run they're going to get or how far it's going to go, it may go for a touchdown."
"It's going to be a fight." Trey Dishon said. "That's going to be the biggest thing. And we just have to get them off schedule. That's our biggest thing."
That'll mean knocking the admiral of this Navy attack off balance. Quarterback Malcolm Perry set the Academy's single season total offense record this year in dynamic fashion.
"You give him space and he'll probably make you look silly." Denzel Goolsby, KSU safety, said. "And he's done it time and time again throughout the season against really good players."
"He's dangerous." Trey Dishon said. "He can jump cut, he can do anything he wants with that ball. We're just going to have to keep hitting him."
The Wildcats will kick off against Navy at 2:45 pm on Dec. 31st.