With K-State’s annual Purple-White spring football game scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, here are five storylines to watch as the event unfolds:
- Who establishes themselves at quarterback? Ok, maybe that one’s too easy to write, but make no mistake that more eyes are locked onto the battle between Collin Klein’s dynamic backup Daniel Sams and newcomer Jake Waters. Sams is more athletic and knows the system thanks to two years with the team. Waters is mobile enough, and earned the NJCAA offensive player of the year award when his accuracy led Iowa Western to a national title. Waters is on campus and will play in the spring game. If no one establishes themselves as a frontrunner, Wildcat fans could be faced with the dreaded two quarterback approach Bill Snyder has not shied from employing in the past.
- Who’s the backup running back? John Hubert is going to get 1,000 rushing yards this year after just missing the plateau in 2012 while sharing rushing duties with Colin Klein. He is now the go-to ball carrier. Period. Yet the team has no one with rushing experience backing him up as Angelo Pease exhausted his eligibility and the next most experienced running back is DeMarcus Robinson, who had six carries for 25 yards last year. K-State failed to bring in talent for the backfield this year, and needs to get to work on determining Hubert’s primary fill-in.
- Will any pressure be demonstrated against the quarterbacks? Snyder is not of fan of playing starters against starters, and conducts his spring game as a scrimmage between the first and second units. With the entire defensive front seven lost to graduation, the first string will be a list of unknown, unproven players. Needless to say, the second string will be that times two. So how will a group with no playing experience fare against the first string offense, which returns all five starters from one of the Big 12’s best offensive lines and is led by LT Cornelius Lucas – the conference’s best returning offensive lineman?