Before we get started with the debut offering of “The Royal Sampler,” allow me to explain what it is. The Internet is filled with cool stuff, and some of that cool stuff is dedicated to Kansas State athletics. It comes out every day and it is always new and different. Sometimes you find great stories to share. Other times you stumble across an entertaining video. After big games pictures are always worth an extra look. Sure, you can find all that on Google or on Twitter, but from now on you can also find it here.
“The Royal Sampler” will feature the best K-State offerings the Internet has to offer, sprinkled in with a few thoughts and predictions of my own. I can’t promise it will always be the same or even a daily feature. Hey, sometimes there isn’t much out there. It might be random and won’t always match, but I hope “The Royal Sampler” turns out the same way it did for Homer Simpson. When he played poker with the Stonecutters. Enjoy!
Kansas State released its weekly game notes leading up to the season-opener with Missouri State in traditional fashion. On the page labeled depth chart, there are only three letters to be found: TBA.
Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder waits until his first weekly news conference to release his depth chart to the public. That comes Tuesday, so check back here for updates on who ended up where. In some years the first depth chart is a big deal. When Snyder first came out of retirement, everyone wanted to know who the starting quarterback was going to be. Last year, everyone wanted to know who won the starting running back job.
This year, there aren’t nearly as many compelling position battles. I guess that’s what happens when you return 17 starters, and most of them are skill players. Collin Klein will start at quarterback, John Hubert will start at running back, Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson will be the main guys at receiver. The only big questions remaining are on the offensive and defensive lines, and a few spots on defense. I suppose the backup quarterback battle could have been compelling, too. But now that Snyder has confirmed Tavarius Bender is gone, that job will belong to Daniel Sams.
Here’s how I predict a few of the positions will shake out:
Starting offensive line: Cornelius Lucas OR Tavon Rooks at left tackle, Nick Puetz at left guard, B.J. Finney at center, Keenan Taylor at right guard, Cody Whitehair OR Tavon Rooks at right tackle.
Starting defensive line: Meshak Williams and Adam Davis at defensive end, Vai Lutui and Hakeem Akinola OR John Sua at defensive tackle.
Starting safety: Jarard Milo will win the job opposite Ty Zimmerman
Starting linebacker: Justin Tuggle will start as the third linebacker next to Tre Walker and Arthur Brown.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen showed no fear in this video that surfaced over the weekend. While playing with his European team in a tie game, Pullen grabbed a long rebound off a missed free throw, took the ball up court and drained a deep three-pointer to win the game. Check out how excited the crowd was about the buzzer beater. They love their basketball over there.
– Here’s my story from our annual football section on Collin Klein. The Kansas State quarterback is always looking to help others on and off the field. Combined with his athleticism, that makes him an ideal teammate.
– Arthur Brown is hoping that a more vocal approach will help him become a complete linebacker this season.
– Former K-State safety Tysyn Hartman survived the first round of roster cuts with the Kansas City Chiefs. The final NFL roster cuts will be made on Friday.
– The Sunflower Showdown could take on more meaning now that Missouri is out of the Big 12. Blair Kerkhoff takes a good look at where the rivalry has fell flat in recent years, and what needs to happen to make it more compelling.
– The Big 12 has been through a lot in recent years, but now that the 2012 football season is about to start Sam Mellinger writes that the league is in a very good place.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Tavarius Bender won’t play in a regular-season game for the Wildcats, but he did play in K-State’s spring game. Above you will find a picture from his first, and only, public showing with K-State.