Things didn’t get started off right for Angelo Pease when he came to Kansas State.
Coming from Hutchinson Community College in 2011, the all-purpose offensive player arrived in camp late, and didn’t have adequate time to learn the offense.
When the Wildcats tried to run the Wildcat formation with him, similar to the way they had with Daniel Thomas, they didn’t see the results they looked for. Until last Saturday, that is.
Late in the game against Oklahoma State, Pease hit the field with Collin Klein out, and ran the Wildcat with success. In fact, he led the Wildcats in rushing against the Cowboys with nine rushes for 72 yards, all in the fourth quarter.
Pease said he felt as comfortable as he ever has inside the specialized package.
“Last year, it was my first year here so it was a lot more nervousness and everything,” he said, “but since I’ve got a year under my belt I think I’m more mature and more experienced, so it’s a little easier.”
Pease said he never could have expected to be utilized in the way he was against Oklahoma State. But he said he does prepare himself to be on the field at all times.
He even prepares every week to take the majority of the handoffs if it came to it.
“I prepare each and everyday for that moment so whenever it’s called, I’m ready,” he said. “I’m going to prepare like I do for everything. I’m not going to change anything. I’ve been doing the same thing since day one, I’m not going to change it at all.”
Pease said he felt he was called upon to close out the game against Oklahoma State, after the offense struggled early on without Klein on the field.
“I think that because of the situation of the game and the way the offense was running, they put the offense on me to try to end the game,” he said. “I have to give it to my offensive line. Without them, I would never have been able to do what I did at the end of the game.”
Pease said the late start last season kept him from getting off to a strong start in his own season, and held him back from getting comfortable within the offense with only limited action, rushing 36 times for 144 yards.
The senior tailback said summer workouts with K-State strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson got him set in the right direction for the 2012 season.
“I went through full summer workouts and I think coach Dawson is one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the nation, working with him all summer, he’ll get you right for the upcoming season.”
Pease has 42 carries for 249 yards this season, and passed Daniel Sams as the Wildcats third-leading rusher with his performance against Oklahoma State.
K-State coach Bill Snyder said there was a time they considered redshirting Pease due to an injury. Instead, the Wildcats have a pair of dynamic running backs, along with John Hubert, to go with an already potent running attack from its quarterbacks.
“The positive is that both of them are quality young running backs,” Snyder said. “Both of them do a very nice job, they’ve improved their blocking capacity and become effective blockers, and both of them can catch the ball. They are very well balanced and broad based in their skills.”
Snyder said both runners are similar in their ability to use vision to make good decisions, and that both have good quickness and change of direction. The primary difference might be a more powerful running style out of the smaller Hubert.
Pease said he just looks to grasp every chance he gets.
“I enjoy it, I take advantage of every opportunity that I get,” he said. “So when I get in there, I try to make the most of it.”