The first open practice of Kansas State football’s preseason took place Monday.
Media members were permitted to watch approximately 25 minutes.
Here are some observations from the session.
Defensive ends Reggie Walker and Bronson Massie weren’t wearing pads Monday. Neither was offensive lineman Tre Eaton.
Fullback Adam Harter and defensive back Jay Crayton wore red non-contact jerseys.
As practice started, members of K-State’s sports information staff handed out updated rosters to reporters.
One name not listed: Kenny Givens, a 2019 defensive lineman signee from Chicago. Expect an update on his absence during head coach Chris Klieman’s media availability Monday afternoon.
Freshman athlete finds a spot?
Jacardia Wright, a late addition to the 2019 signing class, worked with the running backs Monday.
Wright ran for a nearly hard-to-believe 2,609 yards on 219 carries (11.9 yards per carry) and 55 total touchdowns at St. Teresa High School in Decatur, Illinois last season. But he also excelled on defense, earning first-team all-state honors from USA Today as a defensive back.
For now, it appears the Wildcats will let him focus on offense. The 6-foot, 205-pound Wright took reps with the running backs Monday.
Freshman QB catching on elsewhere?
Chris Herron was K-State’s top-ranked signee per 247Sports’ Composite rating. While that site listed him as an athlete, Rivals tabbed him as a quarterback. Though he took snaps with the quarterbacks Monday, Herron lined up at receiver.
Whether it’s a sign of a future position change for the true freshman or potentially a trick play down the road is uncertain. Perhaps Klieman will shed light on the former possibility during his press conference.
Hands on with the head coach
Just as he did in the spring, Klieman wasn’t content to simply observe practice. He once again worked with the safeties. His group Monday included Johnathan Durham, Will Jones, Jonathan Alexander and D.J. Render, who moved to the spot during the spring after starting his college career as a receiver.
Pump it up
Among many of the changes since Klieman took over from Bill Snyder is an alteration to the team’s practice playlist. Carrying over from the spring, the Wildcats once again went with a hip-hop heavy rotation Monday.
Below is a list (though not comprehensive) of the songs they played:
• “In a Minute” — YFN Lucci feat. Plies
• “Out the Mud” — Lil Baby
• “Run It Up” — DDG feat. Blac Youngsta, G Herbo and YBN Nahmir
• “Zeze” — Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott and Offset
• “Yosemite” — Travis Scott feat. Gunna and Nav
• “Jealous” — DJ Khaled feat. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean
Sean Snyder in attendance ... late
Former special teams and associate head coach Sean Snyder attended Monday’s practice — just not on time. Snyder made his way out to the field as media members’ time ended. He did acknowledge reporters on his walk to the field.