Positive Signs Following Kansas State Spring Game

Kansas State spring football practice is in the books. Despite a number of starters out, there were some things we learned about this team.

Bill Snyder’s Wildcats have much to build on following the 38-6 Purple team win in Saturday’s spring game.

First and foremost, backup players took advantage of the rare opportunity for playing time.

Kansas State’s second and third team players got a lot of good experience this month.

It good to see them gain some confidence.

With Jesse Ertz recovering from shoulder surgery, both of Snyder’s backup quarterbacks shined in the spring game. They aren’t very far apart.

During his post spring game media session, Snyder said “Skylar probably will be our number three quarterback going into the fall.”

Thompson led the White squad on scores during their first two possessions. The red-shirt freshman completed 7 of his first 9 passes for 87 yards.  I do wish the coaches would have let him have a turn with the Purple squad on Saturday.

Despite a couple of Alex Delton interceptions, his speed was on display. He rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown.

His versatility will be an outstanding asset to this team.

The Purple team missed touchdown opportunities near the end zone in the second half. Despite that, the offensive line did well on Saturday even with two notable players out.

Running backs Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon looked like they are ready to kick off the regular season. The pair combined for over 100 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.

Finally, the kicking game is very strong.  If Matt McCrane is ever unable to get the job done, Nick McLellan showed just how accurate his leg is.

He hit 4 field goals on 4 tries including one on a penalty.

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