Football Friday: How K-State might use Daniel Sams, D-line expectations, potential breakout players and the Arrowhead rumor

Well, here we go. As promised on Twitter, here is the debut of our new weekly mailbag. Hope it is worth the $50 and case of beer I promised Sam Mellinger for copying Twitter Tuesday.

At the moment, the mailbag is called Football Friday. Lame name, I know, but the questions are all about K-State football and it is Friday, so at least it’s accurate. We might change the name later on. We’ll see.

For now, let’s focus on tonight’s game between Kansas State and North Dakota State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and get to your questions. Just a reminder, if you have a question that is too long for Twitter you can also ask questions via e-mail: Here we go.

Bill Snyder said Daniel Sams could see as few as five snaps or as many as 50. That’s a huge gap, so the final number will almost certainly end up in the middle. My guess: About 15. It really depends on how well he moves the ball. If Snyder puts him in and he goes three-and-out each time his snap count won’t get very high. If he guides the offense into the end zone, his snaps will rise. I think Jake Waters will end up getting roughly 75 percent of the snaps if he plays well. He was the clear winner of the quarterback competition, and his strong arm might take K-State’s offense in a new direction. He deserves lots of playing time. That being said, Sams is too gifted an athlete to keep him on the bench all night. They will both get meaningful snaps.
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Gameday Preview: K-State vs. Iowa State


Do a Google Images search on the term “Farmageddon” and very little comes up about Kansas State and Iowa State. Instead you get all kinds of unintentionally hilarious cartoon drawings of farmers and farm animals like the ones featured here.

Too bad, because the Wildcats and Cyclones lived up to their end of the bargain in their first neutral-site game at Arrowhead Stadium last year. The two teams played a fantastic game that wasn’t decided until the final moments when Emmanuel Lamur blocked an extra point.

K-State won 24-23, and the 40,851 in attendance left speaking highly of their experiences. But unless something drastic changes in the minds of John Currie and Bill Snyder following Saturday’s rematch, the series is headed back to Manhattan and Ames in the future.

It’s the right move to make, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats and Cyclones can’t put on another great show in Kansas City.
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This week’s player to watch: A.J. Klein

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An unlikely player as emerged as the Big 12′s leading tackler two games into the season: A.J. Klein.

The Iowa State sophomore linebacker has 26 tackles so far, and is one of the Cyclones top up-and-coming players.

Klein, a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, first showed his talents last season, when he made it on the field for all 13 of Iowa State’s games as a true freshman. He only recorded 17 tackles, but the groundwork for a strong career was established.
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Looking ahead to Gameday: Iowa State

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Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, Missouri State.

Iowa State was the first Big 12 team to start its football season last night.

The Cyclones took on Northern Illinois and won 27-10. The win itself isn’t all that impressive. After all, Big 12 teams are supposed to beat MAC opponents by three (or more) scores.

But Iowa State did look good in several areas. Running back Alexander Robinson, who rushed for 1,195 yards last season, ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Austen Arnaud added 265 yards through the air. Read More »

This week’s player to watch: Tysyn Hartman

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Kansas State’s secondary is off to a fantastic start this year, allowing just 149.8 passing yards per game, and sophomore safety Tysyn Hartman is a big reason why.

The former high school quarterback has been everywhere defensively. He’s a good tackler, he hits hard enough to force fumbles and he is tied for the Big 12 lead in interceptions with three.

He will once again be asked to do well in K-State’s conference opener against Iowa State, and Hartman will have an added carrot dangling in front of him for motivation. The person he’s tied with atop the Big 12 standings is his Iowa State counterpart, David Sims (pictured above).
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Arrowhead is where K-State wants to be


Before the Kansas State football team traveled to Los Angeles to take on UCLA in the Rose Bowl, a hot topic of conversation was how excited the Wildcats were about playing in such a historic stadium.

Just about everyone on the roster admitted they were very much looking forward to the trip. But their words were nothing compared to what they had to say about playing in Arrowhead Stadium this week.

Everyone is thrilled about it.

“I’m very excited,” senior offensive lineman Nick Stringer said. “I’ve been to quite a few football games there growing up. I’ve always dreamed about playing in that stadium. To be able to play there with this team is something really special.”
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