The second (and final) open practice of Kansas State football’s preseason took place Monday.
Media members were permitted to watch approximately 30 minutes.
Here are some observations from the session.
The coaching staff has heaped praise upon linebacker Cody Fletcher since the end of the spring. But Monday, he was a no go. Fletcher, a junior, appeared at practice in a walking boot and did not participate. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Senior defensive end Reggie Walker, who did not take part in the practice media members saw Aug. 5, was back Monday and went through all the drills with seemingly no issue. Walker previously had been battling an ankle injury.
Quarterback Ryan Henington wore a red non-contact jersey.
Defensive lineman Bronson “Boom” Massie and offensive lineman Tre Eaton were back in full pads after only wearing jerseys during the Aug. 5 session media members attended.
Highly touted true freshman stays with WRs
Chris Herron arrived at Kansas State as a quarterback. And he’s still listed as such on the official roster on the K-State Athletics website. But not long after the preseason began, the Wildcats moved the Houston native to receiver. He lined up at wideout in the Aug. 5 session, and he remained with the group during Monday’s practice.
Herron was K-State’s top-ranked signee in its 2019 class per 247Sports’ Composite rating.
Head coach Chris Klieman confirmed that even though the Wildcats still view Herron as a quarterback “first and foremost,” he will stay at receiver for the foreseeable future.
Kicker Blake Lynch sported a purple headband under his helmet Monday, perhaps adding a new accoutrement to his on-field wardrobe this fall.
As has been the case at every open practice reporters have attended, the Wildcats went with a hip-hop exclusive musical playlist Monday.
Below is a (non-comprehensive) list of the songs played:
• “Speed It Up” — Gunna
• “Big Tyme” — Rick Ross
• “Drip Too Hard” — Lil Baby & Gunna
• “Backwards” — Gucci Mane feat. Meek Mill
• “Dark Queen” — Lil Uzi Vert
• “Girlfriend” — Kap G
• “Gold Roses” — Rick Ross feat. Drake
• “There He Go” — Kodak Black
Sean Snyder keeps up practice streak
Keeping with a recent routine, former special teams and associate head coach Sean Snyder attended Monday’s session. He just did so on his own time, arriving at the practice fields just before media members departed.
Snyder, the son of legendary former head coach Bill Snyder, now serves as a senior special teams analyst for the Wildcats.