Wildcats give fans a preview

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State football team gave fans a sneak peak of the 2013-14 team and a glimpse of the nearly completed West Stadium Center on Saturday during the Fall Football Kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The event gave at least a small look at the progress made by quarterbacks Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, as the compete for the starting job, replacing Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein.

Both quarterbacks spent the majority of the 45-minute practice throwing from midfield, and working with other players at their position. At one point during quarterback drills, Sams and Waters were simulating a mock play that sees one quarterback fake a handoff and pitch out to the other quarterback, who either looks to run or throw it.

Two notable players missing on the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats were left tackle Cornelius Lucas and wide receiver Torell Miller. Lucas and Miller, both seniors, were no mentioned by Coach Bill Snyder during his introduction of K-State’s senior class.

In Lucas’ place along the offensive line, Cody Whitehair lined up with the presumed group of starters at offensive line that included center B.J. Finney, left guard Keenan Taylor, right guard Boston Stiverson and right tackle Tavon Rooks.

The trio of wide receivers most used in three receiver sets were Tyler Lockett, Tramaine Thompson and Curry Sexton. Andre McDonald and Zach Trujillo split time at tight end.

John Hubert took the most looks at running back, while both Robert Rose and DeMarcus Robinson lined up as the backup.

Defensively, the linebackers seemed to be the presumed favorites, as Tre Walker and Blake Slaughter took the most reps, and Jonathan Truman was the other to factor in. Both Mike Moore and Will Davis saw significant time as well.

Kip Daily took the most reps as a cornerback, while Morgan Burns, Carl Miles Jr. and Dorrian Roberts lined up at the other spot. Randall Evans played out of his nickel back spot most often, the same spot he lined up in last year.

Ty Zimmerman and Dante Barnett were the starting safeties for the scrimmage, while Travis Green and Dylan Schellenberg lined up behind them as backups.

Along the defensive line, Ryan Mueller and Alana Finau both played on the outside, while Laton Dowling mixed in as well. Several players seemed to be vying for a spot in the interior.

The practice also featured junior college transfers Dakorey Johnson, a linebacker, and defensive tackle Chris Brown. Both players missed the open of fall camp.

It was also the final chance for fans to see the progress of the West Stadium Center from within the stadium itself until the season-opening game on Aug. 30, against North Dakota State.

K-State will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., to officially open the newly constructed west side facilities.

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