K-State Q&A: Collin Klein in the CFL, Dalvin Warmack, Kaleb Prewett, a guess at Bruce Weber’s next starting five and Malek Harris

After a few weeks off, K-State Q&A is back.

There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s go ahead and jump right into your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

That’s the plan. Knowing Collin Klein, the only thought on his mind when he reaches Canada and straps on a Montreal Allouettes helmet for the first time will be winning the starting quarterback job. He is actually walking into a pretty good situation. Anthony Calvillo, the team’s leading passer last year, retired in January (Yes, I did some CFL research) and his backup is no longer on the roster. Someone new will be taking the snaps this year. But Klein will face competition. Troy Smith, a former Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, is on the roster. Arkansas State alum Tanner Marsh and former Washington State quarterback Alex Brink will also be in the mix. A lot of it might depend on how quickly Klein can adjust to CFL rules. Everything, even the fields, is different up there. He has until June 14, when he season starts, to figure things out. Hopefully he gets to throw some bombs to Chad Johnson/Ochocinco.

Malek Harris, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Illinois and the No. 80 overall player in the latest Rivals 150, clearly favors K-State. He gave the Wildcats some type of verbal commitment earlier this week, but the meaning of that commitment is unknown. Rivals called it a “solid verbal” on Wednesday and Thursday but has since downgraded it to a “soft verbal.” Harris hasn’t announced anything publicly, and he doesn’t plan to until Mother’s Day on May 11. I consider his commitment to be on the soft side — it’s a good sign for the Wildcats, but that’s all it is. Harris has an official visit scheduled to Virginia Tech, which is coached by Buzz Williams, the man he originally committed to at Marquette. It doesn’t seem like he has totally made up his mind. As of now, though, I’d say odds are good he ends up at K-State — maybe 70 percent.

As for your football question, I expect Dalvin Warmack and Kaleb Prewett to both play as true freshmen. K-State coaches are high on both. I could see each of them starting games by the end of the season. Bill Snyder has said few positives about returning running backs DeMarcus Robinson, Jarvis Leverett and Charles Jones. He even said last week that he expects Warmack to make the competition interesting once he arrives in the summer. Prewett will see more competition for playing time in the secondary with Dante Barnett and Dylan Schellenberg returning at safety. But he is talented enough to see the field. At the least, he could add depth to the position. Elijah Lee will probably have to wait his turn at linebacker. He has the upside to play early, but K-State is blessed with returning talent at that position.

Guard: Jevon Thomas.
Guard: Marcus Foster.
Wing: Wesley Iwundu.
Forward: Stephen Hurt.
Forward: Thomas Gipson.

That’s my guess for an opening-game lineup, but K-State’s starting lineup might not matter much next season. For the first time, Bruce Weber will have a roster blessed with depth and size. He will use a lot of different combinations. Justin Edwards is a gifted scorer who is going to see lots of minutes, probably as many as Foster and Iwundu even if he comes off the bench. There may be times he plays with Foster and Iwundu and K-State goes without a traditional point guard. Brandon Bolden and D.J. Johnson will help for big lineups. Nino Williams and Harris (if he signs) will help for smaller lineups. Next year should be interesting from a strategy standpoint.

I’m more focused on what a dominant spring game would do for K-State at the moment, but because you asked I will look into that crystal ball. If K-State beats Auburn in front of a national Thursday TV audience and does so in “dominant” fashion, the Wildcats will soar up the national polls and become Big 12 championship contenders before conference games begin.

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