Football Friday: TCU’s strong defense, Kansas State’s successful walk-on program and small crowds at Bramlage Coliseum

It’s time for another Football Friday. Who else is excited? Let’s get to your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

There’s no easy way to attack TCU’s defense. The Horned Frogs rank 19th nationally against the run (125.2 yards) and 10th nationally against the pass (224.2 yards). Verrett might be the best shutdown corner in the Big 12, so you don’t want to challenge him. Tyler Lockett will really have to work to get open on Saturday. But you can’t exactly run the ball 45 times against a stacked front seven, either. This is the best defense K-State will see all year. Nothing will come easy. My guess is K-State will favor the run, because John Hubert has been on a tear lately and Daniel Sams can create something out of nothing on the ground. But the Wildcats will try to stay as balanced as possible. If they can complete passes over the middle to Curry Sexton, Tramaine Thompson and Kyle Klein that could open up other things.

It is remarkable. This year alone, six of K-State’s starters are former walk-ons. Ryan Mueller is the nation’s unlikely sacks leader, Jonathan Truman is a solid linebacker, B.J. Finney is the leader of the offensive line and Randall Evans makes big plays from time to time. They were all looking for a shot at the Division I level, and K-State gave it to them. It helps that they have former walk-ons to look up to like McGraw and Nelson. Nelson came to K-State as a walk-on defensive back and eventually became one of the best receivers in the NFL. Bill Snyder doesn’t put limitations on any of his players, and that is a perfect example why. Unlike most programs, K-State walk-ons expect to play at a high level.

Quick sidebar: I’m working on a story about this very topic. Stay tuned.

There wasn’t much basketball excitement in the preseason. Then K-State lost its first home opener since 1993 to a middle-of-the-road Big Sky team. And it’s football season. That is a perfect storm for low hoops attendance at Bramlage Coliseum. The general consensus was that about 4,500 turned out for the Oral Roberts game. Bigger crowds will show up when Big 12 play begins, but the student section has been dwindling for a while now. Games against Kansas and Oklahoma State will probably be true sellouts. The Wildcats will have to start winning at a higher level to bring back the electric crowds from 2010 and 2011.

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