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Wildcats’ TE Tannahill having a good spring

By Cole Manbeck

Curry Sexton attempted to describe the play in full detail, but really, it was indescribable.

“Travis Tannahill, in the first scrimmage, made the most ridiculous catch I’ve seen in person,” Sexton said on Tuesday. “It was a one-handed catch. He was running, the ball crossed his face and he snatched it out of the air, it was just unreal. I really can’t describe it.”

Tannahill, a senior tight end for the Wildcats, played down the catch.

“I’ve had a couple fortunate grabs I would say,” he said. “There were a couple good catches so I’ll leave it at that. There was one I don’t even know how physics worked it out. It was an awkward throw, awkward angle, awkward catch.”

While Tannahill claimed some luck was involved, his teammates say he’s just being modest.

“I swear he has glue on his hands this spring,” Sexton said. “He’s been making catches you just don’t see people make.”

While his hands were the center of attention at Tuesday’s press conference, K-State coach Bill Snyder said he’s most pleased with Tannahill’s improvement at blocking.

“Travis Tannahill, I think, is practicing very well,” Snyder said. “He has become a little more physical player, a little more aggressive player. He really has caught the ball well. But more importantly he has become a more physical presence.”

Tannahill credits his impressive spring to better health, something he hasn’t had during his K-State career.

“This offseason was the first winter conditioning I had being healthy without coming off of surgery,” he said. “I think last year I got cleared a few days maybe a week before spring ball started. So coming into spring ball out of shape and not physically ready to do anything — you’re kind of playing catch-up.

“This was a great offseason. I gained a lot of strength in the weight room, I had a really good offseason with (strength and conditioning) Coach (Chris) Dawson in the weight room and running as well. I think that’s the most (important thing), just being physically fit and feeling a little better.”

K-State quarterback Collin Klein has noticed a difference in his tight end.

“He was really banged up last spring,” Klein said. “So I think he is now fully healthy. You can see the difference. He has great hands.”

Aside from health, Tannahill said having his starting quarterback returning for consecutive seasons for the first time in his career has also been key.

“This is my fourth spring ball,” he said. “First one was Coach Snyder’s first spring, it was a very basic offense we were putting in. The year after that new quarterback, year after, new quarterback. This spring ball is the first year we’ve had a returning quarterback who knew the offense inside and out. We’ve just been able to progress further. We started right where we left off in the fall in our offensive schemes and playbooks. Being able to move forward from that and put in more complex things and more checks and what not, that’s been the most exciting part so far.

“He’s been my quarterback, just me and him together, ones going with ones since last spring. So it’s a big difference from six months to a year together. I know what he’s thinking, he knows what I’m thinking. I’m very happy with Collin and everything he’s done so far.

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