Welcome to our humble abode. Pull up a seat and grab a glass for a sip from today’s Jug of News. Hit the jump for yours truly talking all things KSU football with Joe Bendiez on The C3 Show, K-State landing a QB recruit from Iowa, and much more.
Last week, Joe Bendiez (Lead Editor of OU site “Stormin’ in Norman“) sent me an email, asking me to appear on his weekly podcast, The C3 Show. He wanted to talk K-State football, so I happily obliged. On the show, which he posted last night, we talked about everything from Collin Klein’s Heisman hopes, to whether KSU might actually be a legitimate contender for the national championship. My appearance starts at about the 14:40 mark, but if you’re at all interested in OU football, the first 14 minutes are worth a listen, as the guest he had on before me was ESPN’s Sooner Nation writer Jake Trotter.
I’ve heard that the general rule-of-thumb in college football recruiting is to have 1 or 2 quarterbacks in every class. Each of the past two seasons have seen K-State landing quarterback recruits, including Justin Tuggle (since moved to linebacker, after losing the starting QB battle to Collin Klein), Daniel Sams (now a redshirt freshman, and the most likely candidate for the backup QB slot), and Tavarius Bender (a true freshman, and hopefully entering a redshirt season). The staff has already added another quarterback to that mix for next year’s recruiting class, Mediapolis (Iowa) QB Jesse Ertz. As the only other school who had offered him at this point was Western Illinois (Iowa and Iowa State had also expressed interest) it doesn’t appear that he will be much more than scout team fodder at quarterback, and he seems a prime candidate for a position change. At 6’4″, 190 pounds, he is long and fast, and by all accounts a really good athlete, who would make a great wide receiver.
Staying with football, there are many reasons to like Ty Zimmerman. Reading the Kansas City Star’s article about him will just solidify that fact. A former walk-on, the article details how, almost through sheer force of will, Zimmerman has shaped himself into a top contributor on a squad that should contend for a Big 12 title this season.
On Saturday, Bruce Weber and his staff held an open practice before he takes the team on a mini-tour of Brazil. During that practice, a scrimmage was held, and Coach Weber was quite pleased with the results. I will say this about it, there were some names at the top of the stat sheet scoring-wise that I was not used to seeing there. I think that can only bode well for the Cats’ chances of having a truly special season in 2012-13.
CODA: Kevin Kietzman–and his son, Spencer–are lying liars, who tried to convince people that former K-State great Jacob Pullen is a serial criminal. Just keeping that little tidbit front-of-mind, in hopes that people will pressure them both into issuing a full retraction and an apology.
Some older stories, in case you missed them: