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Big 12: The New MVP

SAN ANTONIO -- Moving kickoffs back to the 30 yard-line for the 2007 season may have more of an impact on the game than some teams are willing to admit, but Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is well aware of how important his kicker will be. And the fact that he doesn't have one yet is weighing heavily on the coach's mind.

"I think with this new rules change, the person that kicks off will be if not your most valuable player, the one that might be the most underrated," Prince said. "If you have a guy that from the 30 can kick the ball into the end zone, you might have one of the best weapons in the league."

As of today, Prince's possible MVP is up in the air, as a kicker has not yet been solidified.

"I think we've got some really good candidates, we just don't know who it's going to be," Prince said.

On kickoff coverage, Prince is expecting to put his best tacklers on the field to complement the skill set of his to-be-announced kickoff specialist.

"I think you're going to see a lot of people putting their very best players, their star players, the best open field tacklers, and the team that's the fastest in the open field will really be able to overcome the rule change, if you have a kicker who can hang the ball up long enough," he said. "We're very clear on what our challenges are and what our opportunities are."

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