Kansas State head football coach Chris Klieman looks on during Monday’s practice. Klieman said he liked what he’s seen from the Wildcats through their first four practices of the preseason.

Monday marked the fourth practice of the preseason for Kansas State football. First-year head coach Chris Klieman noted it was the second day the Wildcats donned half pads, and will put on full pads Tuesday.

Klieman said the team’s progress has been impressive — and it said it was a testament to the work players put in during the summer, both in the weight room and at captains’ practices.

"You can tell the guys had a really good summer. Coach (Chris) Dawson and his staff did a phenomenal job getting the guys into really good shape and really good condition," Klieman said in a post-practice press conference Monday, referring to Chris Dawson, who is in his 10th season as K-State’s director of strength and conditioning. "Hats off to our leaders for setting the tone throughout the summer in their captains’ practices."

Klieman also was pleased with the continued growth from the tail end of the spring.

"I think we've really made great strides from the end of spring practice —  practice 13 or 14 — to the first four practices now," he said. "You can tell there’s a lot of great retention with the guys and they're willing to learn. They know that they've got a long ways to go, but we like the progress that they’ve made so far.”

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