Chiefs LB Andy Studebaker On Fast Track To Starting Job
With the Chiefs trying to build a core for the future, they have been looking for young players to step up and make an impact throughout this season and that's exactly what they got in Week 11 when OLB Andy Studebaker, filling in for injured veteran Mike Vrabel, came through with a game-changing performance in a shocking win over the Steelers. Studebaker, a 2008 sixth-round pick of the Eagles out of Wheaton (Ill.) College, helped spring the upset by intercepting two Ben Roethlisberger passes — flipping the field with a 94-yard return on one of them — and recording five tackles and half a sack. From what we hear, the second-year player, who converted from defensive end to linebacker this offseason to fit in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme, could be the team's long-term answer at one OLB spot with the aging Vrabel about to be a free agent and unlikely to be back next season, Studebaker could lock up a starting job with a strong finish to ’09.
Source: Pro Football Weekly