Kansas State has some serious shoes to fill at quarterback next year. Fortunately, the team
suddenly has a wealth of options in determining his replacement.
JUCO transfer Jake Waters has made it official: the junior college All-American will be suiting up for the Wildcats in 2013. The quarterback from Iowa Western Community College offers a story that offers to evoke memories of star quarterback Collin Klein less than one year after #7 leaves campus. Growing up in a small school near Council Bluffs, IA, Waters selected Iowa Western after it was the only school to offer him a scholarship (Klein was only offered two scholarships – Colorado State and Kansas State – after being home schooled in Colorado).
Vowing to justify himself at Iowa Western, Waters spent two years taking the JUCO world by storm. He became one of the most heavily recruited junior college players after the dual-threat player won a national championship his first year, following up the performance with 3,501 passing yards with 73.3 accuracy and 39 touchdowns this season. He also added 300 yards rushing and was just named NJCAA player of the year
Although the final decision came down to Penn State and Kansas State, several other prominent programs put in calls to Waters including Texas and Alabama. However, his recently developed resume does not promise starting time when he come to campus. David Sams, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2013, promises to be the fastest quarterback in the Big 12 in 2013. In a battle of arm accuracy versus leg speed, a position battle may be brewing for Snyder – a coach with a history of difficulty in committing to one quarterback.