Jamarkus McFarland pumped to play KSU

September, 12, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Jamarkus McFarland can’t wait to play Kansas State. The senior defensive tackle knows the Wildcats running game will be a challenge for he and the rest of the Oklahoma defense on Sept. 22.

“It’s what you want,” McFarland said. “You want to face people that are going to bring the best out of you and make you be at your best every play because if you take a play off, you’re going to get knocked on your back.”

While quarterback Collin Klein gets all the headlines, running back John Hubert has been dynamic. He has 31 carries for 258 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in two games.

None of it would be possible without a Wildcat offensive line --led by 2011 freshman All-American center BJ Finney -- which has paved the way for KSU to average 306 rushing yards per game this season.

“When I played against Iowa, they worked well together,” McFarland said of facing a quality offensive line. “They came off on the first snap and it was like, 'OK. you’re going to have to play.' That makes me play better, make sure I’m in the right position to play fast.”

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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