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K-State adds junior college quarterback

By The Mercury

Kansas State wasted little time filling the hole left at quarterback by Daniel Sams.

The Wildcats have signed junior college quarterback Taylor Laird, which gives the team another viable candidate to backup Jake Waters.

With Sams’ departure, the battle for the backup job this fall should be one of the more interesting storylines going into the season, as Laird will join redshirt-freshman Jesse Ertz and sophomore Joe Hubener as the only other quarterbacks on the roster.

None one of the three backup QBs have ever thrown a pass in a college game.

Laird was a freshman at Sacramento State College this past year, but suffered a season-ending injury with a broken fibula in just the second game.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound signal caller will have four years of eligibility for the Wildcats after receiving a medical redshirt last season.

Laird is a Roseville, Calif., native, where he passed for 1,859 yards and ran for 668 yards with 25 total touchdown in his senior season at Oakmont.

Although is commitment has been confirmed by Rivals, K-State has yet to officially announce his signing.

Rivals considers Laird to be a dual-threat quarterback.

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