Category Archives: Football

Dalton Risner eager to put high school behind him, prove himself at Kansas State

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Dalton Risner is a busy man.

In the last week, he competed in two events at the Colorado state high school track meet and he gave a Valedictorian speech at his high school graduation. Next up is a trip with friends to a Luke Bryan concert in Louisiana. Then he moves to Manhattan to begin his Kansas State football career on June 1.

He expects that last stop to be the best of the bunch.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Risner said. “For so long, I have been talking about playing college football. I have been interviewed for a whole year about it. It will be nice to finally play and become a part of the Kansas State family. I am excited to go down there and become part of the team and work hard and prove myself.”

Risner, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, has an interesting story. He lives in the small town of Wiggins, Colo. (population 900) and he had to work to get noticed. His persistence paid off, eventually marketing himself into a coveted recruit with 11 scholarship offers. He comes to K-State as a three-star prospect and the No. 6 rated high school center by Rivals.
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Kaleb Prewett ready to play at Kansas State

KalebPrewett The question posed to Kaleb Prewett was simple: Do you want to play free safety or strong safety at Kansas State?

His answer was even simpler.

“I just want to play,” Prewett said. “I could play wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker, defensive end … Anywhere they want.”

Anywhere?

“Yes sir,” Prewett replied. “I am a football player. I just love to play the game. In high school throughout my whole career I played a little bit of everything. I played safety, but I spent some time at defensive end and I came down and stood up and played off the edge. I was a wide receiver. I even threw a touchdown pass. I guess I can play all over.”

That confidence will come in handy for Prewett, especially if the 6-foot-2 Blue Springs senior safety ends up helping the Wildcats on special teams as a freshman next season.

Still, he has higher expectations than that.

“The Kansas State coaches want everyone to come in and compete for a starting spot,” Prewett said. “That is what I am going to do, and that is what I am preparing for physically and mentally. Hopefully I can go in there and play well and win that starting spot.”
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Elijah Lee has bulked up in hopes of playing on third down as a Kansas State freshman

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Elijah Lee was hard to miss at Kansas State’s spring football game last month. The 6-foot-3 Blue Springs senior linebacker was the only person with an unmistakable flat top and a college-ready body watching from the sidelines.

His hair will be covered by a K-State football helmet next season, but Lee’s rapidly improving physique and talent may help him standout on the field.

“I want to come in and do some pass rushing and help on defense as much as I can,” Lee said. “They want me to be like Justin Tuggle. They don’t have a guy who can rush the passer and play linebacker at the same time. That’s what I could turn into it.”
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Kansas State will lack quarterback depth, potential 2015 starter without Daniel Sams

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Daniel Sams was unlikely to play significantly at quarterback or wide receiver for Kansas State next season. The uncertainty surrounding his playing time was a major reason why the skilled athlete is transferring.

Still, his departure will have a significant impact on the Wildcats’ roster.

K-State will lack quarterback depth next season, as well as a proven option to lead the wildcat formation. Though Sams switched to receiver during spring practices and appeared in the mix for limited playing time at the position, he likely would have remained the top quarterback behind Jake Waters. And he almost certainly would have taken snaps out of the wildcat formation and been involved with trick plays the way he was last season when he amassed 1,259 yards of total offense and scored 15 touchdowns.

Without Sams, K-State will look to Jesse Ertz and Joe Hubener to provide depth behind Waters. That means an unproven quarterback will be an injury away from the field next season. Ertz, a redshirt freshman, was a standout high school passer in Iowa and he has a big arm. But he didn’t do much in last month’s spring game, completing 9 of 13 passes for 43 yards. Hubener, a sophomore, looked better completing 11 of 16 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Neither has played in a regular-season game.
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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.
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K-State Q&A: Marvin Clark, Daniel Sams, Marcus Foster, Shane Southwell, Senior Day and postseason projections

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Let’s go ahead and jump into your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.


I think Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State all have a good shot at landing Marvin Clark. They seem to be his top three. The three-star small forward from Kansas City, who is currently playing at Sunrise Christian Academy outside Wichita, visited all three and had good things to say after each stop. Clark was originally going to announce his decision on Saturday, but he told me today he will announce his decision “sometime next week.” So he wants to consider all his options. The Wildcats have recruited him the longest, and he has said staying close to home is a priority. He also rushed the floor at Bramlage Coliseum when K-State beat Kansas. None of that can hurt. But Michigan State is a big name, and Fred Hoiberg is a great coach. I’m not sure who to label as the favorite.
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Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams hints at position change to wide receiver

It is hardly an official announcement, but Daniel Sams is publicly hinting that he has switched positions from quarterback to wide receiver.

Late Thursday night, the Kansas State junior described himself as a “WR for Kansas State” in an updated Twitter bio. He then retweeted someone who pointed out the change.


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K-State Q&A: Have the Wildcats locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament? Plus, Iowa State, running back options and baseball

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Let’s go ahead and jump into your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.


Yeah, K-State will be a part of March Madness. Ending the regular season with three losses, falling to the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 Tournament and losing to TCU in Kansas City would leave the Wildcats sweating on Selection Sunday, but I think they will make it. The bubble is very soft this year. No team that goes .500 in the Big 12 is missing the NCAA Tournament. They face a wide scenario of seeds, though. If they win out and hoist a trophy in Kansas City they could be looking at a 5 seed. Four straight losses could put them in the First Four. More realistically, they will win two or three more games and claim a seed in the 7-10 range. Right now, most online projections have them as a No. 9 seed.
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K-State Q&A: Bill Snyder’s latest recruiting class and two important basketball games

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

Thanks, as always, for asking them.


Yes, for the most part. K-State’s main losses to graduation are Ty Zimmerman, Cornelius Lucas, Blake Slaughter, John Hubert, Tre Walker, Tramaine Thompson and Tavon Rooks. That means the Wildcats will need someone new to step up at safety, linebacker, running back, wide receiver and on the offensive line. Zimmerman, a four-year starter, will be hard to replace at safety. K-State didn’t sign any junior-college players at that position. Replacing Hubert will also be difficult. He dominated K-State’s backfield for three years, and he has no proven backup. Dalvin Warmack appears promising, but how often do true freshmen start under Bill Snyder? The Wildcats will likely turn to players already in the program to fill those spots.
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John Currie explains why K-State benefits from occasional Thursday football games

The wait is over. This afternoon, Kansas State announced that it will play Auburn on Sept. 18, a Thursday, next season. With that, the Wildcats’ 2014 football schedule is finally set.

K-State had been waiting on ESPN, which will televise the Auburn game nationally, for a decision on the date of the game.

When asked in December about the possibility of moving the Auburn game to a Thursday, Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder had this to say: “It’s the last thing in the world I want to do.”

Weekday games are always met with mixed reactions in Manhattan. While some are excited about playing in front of a large audience, others complain of inconveniences such as rushing to the game after work.

On Monday, K-State athletic director John Currie explained why he supports (occasionally) playing football games on Thursday in a letter to fans.

From the letter:
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