Apparently the move to wide receiver wasn’t what Daniel Sams was looking for next season.
The former quarterback, who moved to receiver this spring, plans to transfer from Kansas State — likely to a FCS school where he would have two years of remaining eligibility and perhaps move back to QB. Because he’s already used his redshirt, the junior-to-be at K-State would have only one season remaining if he chose to attend another FBC school, due to NCAA transfer rules.
“I just want my son to be happy,” Sams’ mother, Sherrell Griffin told GoPowercat.com Monday night. “If him staying there and not playing and using his talents and ability isn’t making him happy, I’m behind it 100 percent.”
Sams split time last season at quarterback with Jake Waters, but watched his playing time diminish significantly by the end of the season as Waters emerged as the clear-cut favorite for the job going into the offseason. From Slidell, La., Sams rushed for 807 yards and 11 touchdowns, while passing for another 452 yards and four scores to go along with four interceptions last season.
In his first action as a receiver during the Wildcats’ annual spring game, Sams caught two passes for 9 yards.
Griffin told GPC that her son told K-State head coach Bill Snyder he wanted to transfer during a meeting last Friday.
“He asked him in a meeting,” she said. “He went up to go see him and told him. That Friday, he made it official with everybody. He asked for his release.
“We’re still waiting on a release. He wants to see what else is out there.”
Assuming Sams’ move to receiver was permanent, he would have been competing with Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, Deante Burton and others for playing time next season. Even with Sams as WR, he still would have had more experience than either of the Wildcats’ two backup quarterbacks — Jessie Ertz and Joe Hubener — who have never attempted a pass in a college game.
Griffin told GPC that Sam’s decision to leave was difficult.
“He loves Coach Snyder and loves the school and everything it stands for,” she said, “but he wasn’t playing football. He wasn’t playing and wasn’t able to perfect what he was doing. He’s used to playing the entire game and winning ballgames. When he felt that he wasn’t being productive and helping his team go forward, he was just ready to move on.”