K-State Q&A: Keys for the Iowa State game and football recruiting

It’s time for another K-State Q&A, so let’s jump right into your questions.

Thanks, as always, for asking them.

Rebounding might be the most important part of the game. Everyone knows Iowa State is going to spread the floor and take a boatload of threes, but what happens when the Cyclones miss? Will the Wildcats be able to secure rebounds and push the ball up court, which they hope to do in order to exploit Iowa State’s transition defense, or will the Cyclones grab rebounds and score in the paint? That could easily decide the game. Another key: K-State needs to make it hard for Iowa State players to drive to the basket. Everyone from DeAndre Kane to Georges Niang can shoot or put it on the floor. Thomas Gipson, in particular, needs to be ready to defend anything. One final thought: Will Spradling could be important at Hilton Coliseum. He has a history of playing well there. He has averaged more than 11 points in his three prior trips to Ames, and he scored 15 points there last year. If he can do that again, that will help K-State tremendously.

It hurts K-State’s incoming recruiting class. No doubt about that. There were some at K-State who saw him as the quarterback of the future, and I can see why. The dual-threat quarterback is talented. I guess we will see what he does now at UCLA. The biggest issue with Sharp switching is that K-State doesn’t have another quarterback commitment lined up. The Wildcats wanted to show their trust in Sharp by not recruiting any other players at his position. I guess that’s a good lesson to always keep recruiting at every position. And I think Snyder is always in the market for junior-college quarterbacks. Heck, he might still try and get one this year.

I’m not sure it impacts Sams all that much. Sams was going to be the No. 2 quarterback next year no matter who else joined the roster. Snyder’s biggest issue in moving him to receiver, or any other position, is that it risks injury to the team’s backup quarterback. He usually tries to avoid that. Remember, when Collin Klein played receiver as a freshman he was behind both Grant Gregory and Carson Coffman on the depth chart. Justin Tuggle, Chris Harper and Ty Zimmerman were all listed behind multiple quarterbacks when they switched positions. So it will be interesting to see what Snyder does. Sharp would have added depth, which would have been nice alongside freshman Jesse Ertz. It might depend on how Ertz progresses. If he plays well during the spring, and Snyder views him as a capable backup, he will have more freedom with Sams.

I don’t have a copy of his transcript, so that’s a hard one for me to answer. He told Rob Cassidy that he failed a course last semester, but is on track to become eligible. K-State coaches have to like their chances of him suiting up next season, otherwise they wouldn’t have pushed him for so long to switch from Nebraska. My guess is he is on campus in time for summer practices. And if that’s the case, he should be able to help K-State right away. He is one of the most touted JUCO defensive tackles out there. Everyone I’ve talked to about him loves the way he plays.

I think that is a concern for every team going into the new model. But it will be infinitely better than they old system when it comes to crowning a champion. I suppose the one thing going against K-State is it doesn’t always challenge itself in the nonconference. That won’t be the case next season with Auburn coming to town, but strength of schedule could be an important factor for the new college football playoff. Honestly, though, K-State’s main worry should simply be winning games. Any time it wins the Big 12 it will be in the playoff discussion.

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