Kansas State held its annual Football Kickoff Saturday. Gates opened at 5, giving fans the opportunity to watch the Wildcats practice for an hour before proceeding to an autograph session with the team and coaches following practice.
But perhaps more of note, a rough draft of the depth chart can begin to be established. Though admittedly, it’s likely a fluid situation, as much can change in the 13 days remaining until the Wildcats open their season at home against Eastern Kentucky.
Quarterback Collin Klein remains likely to start the season opener. Sammuel Lamur appears to be the No. 2 guy at the position. Junior college transfer Justin Tuggle looks to be the third quarterback.
At receiver, Brodrick Smith, Sheldon Smith, Chris Harper and true-freshman Tyler Lockett received most of the first string-snaps, while sophomore Tramaine Thompson was not seen on the field.
Along the first string offensive line, Manase Foketi, who started all 13 games at left tackle last season, has a strong grasp on the position entering his senior season. Senior Clyde Aufner, who has 20 starts during his K-State career, worked as the starting right tackle. Sophomore Keenan Taylor worked at left guard, while senior Colten Freeze worked opposite him at right guard. Freshman B.J. Finney was the starting center.
Ethan Douglas (left tackle), Nick Puetz (left guard), Shaun Simon (center), true-freshman Boston Stiverson (right guard) and Cornelius Lucas (right tackle) rounded out the second string unit, with senior Zach Hanson rotating at both tackle positions.
The running back position continues to be a competitive situation, as Bryce Brown, Angelo Pease, John Hubert and Robert Rose all received repetitions with the first unit.
On defense, there was no surprise at linebacker. Arthur Brown started in the middle, with Tre Walker and Emmanuel Lamur flanked on each side of him.
Along the defensive line, junior college transfer Meshak Williams and senior Jordan Voelker rotated with each other at one defensive end spot, while Adam Davis, a junior who missed all of last season due to injury, worked as the starter at the other defensive end spot. Redshirt freshman Laton Dowling backed up Davis.
Seniors Ray Kibble and Raphael Guidry worked as starting defensive tackles. Vai Lutui, Javonta Boyd and Darryl Blackmon rotated in at the position.
Senior Tysyn Hartman and sophomore Ty Zimmerman manned the starting safety positions.
Junior college transfer Nigel Malone started at corner alongside senior David Garrett, while junior college transfers Allen Chapman and Kip Daily worked as the second-string corners.