K-State gives football fans sneak peek

By Joel Jellison

With two weeks until the season starts, the Kansas State football team held its annual dress rehearsal for fans on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The team entertained fans with the last hour of its Saturday practice, giving an inside look to the estimated 3,000 in attendance, and then spent another hour signing autographs.

“Coach Snyder talks to us all the time about surrounding ourselves with people that genuinely care,” linebacker Jonathan Truman said. “I’m just proud to say that every time this team comes out on the field on Saturdays, we surround ourselves with a whole stadium of people that genuinely cares.”

K-State head coach Bill Snyder introduced fans to the team’s group of seniors and its eight captains, and told stories of building the program up from its low point coming off the 1988 season.

Snyder talked about raising the attendance to the mandatory 19,000 average in 1989, fans setting records by crossing state lines for bowl games and Seattle Seahwaks coach Pete Carroll praising the K-State environment during his time coaching against the Wildcats while at USC.

The practice also gave a look at who might have the edge at a couple of the position battles. With many spots up for grabs in the secondary, freshman Kaleb Prewett took the majority of the snaps at the safety spot opposite junior returning starter Dante Barnett, with what appeared to be a first-team group. Returning safety Dylan Schellenberg, who played for Ty Zimmerman during an injury last season, was in pads, but did not participate.

At the cornerback spots, Randall Evans returned to his nickelback spot, while Morgan Burns and Danzel McDaniel took many of the first-team snaps at cornerback. Dakorey Johnson and Will Davis split time at the linebacker spot opposite Truman. Senior defensive end Ryan Mueller also didn’t take part in drills, but was in uniform.

Junior college transfers D’Vonta Derricott (LB) and Terrell Clinkscales (DT) got in with the second-team units.

Offensively, Charles Jones took most of the snaps at running back, while senior DeMarcus Robinson spelled him for plays with the first team. Deante Burton was on the outside, opposite returning starter Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton lined up in the slot.

The offensive line included returning starter B.J. Finney at center, while fellow starter Cody Whitehair was moved from left guard to left tackle. Returning starter Boston Stiverson was in pads, but did not participate in drills. Will Ash lined up at left guard, while Drew Liddle was at right guard and Matt Kleinsorge was at right tackle. Junior college transfer A.J. Allen played at the left tackle spot on the second team.

Joe Hubener and Jesse Ertz split time running the second team at quarterback.

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