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Former KSU linebacker takes over Tech defense

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State linebacker and Manhattan High graduate Matt Wallerstedt was hired recently as the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, joining new head coach Kliff Kingsbury was just hired last month.

Wallerstedt coached the linebackers at Texas A&M this past season where Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The former K-State linebacker (1984-87) takes over a Red Raiders unit that ranked 38th nationally in total defense and second in the Big 12, behind only TCU, and ahead of the Wildcats.

Before joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff at A&M, Wallerstedt was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Air Force from 2010-11 and the linebackers coach there in 2008 and 2009.

Wallerstedt, who led the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and senior, also coached briefly at K-State under Ron Prince where served as the special teams and recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach from 2006-07. Other stops for the former honorable mention All-American selection include Akron, North Alabama, Wyoming, Emporia State, Fort Hays State and Arizona State.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was linebacker at K-State from 1991-94 under coach Bill Snyder.

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