Kansas State football prepared for 3 or 4 nonconference games in 2012

The Kansas State football team is tentatively set to play North Texas, Missouri State and Miami at Snyder Family Stadium during nonconference play next season.

But, depending on when West Virginia joins the Big 12 and if Missouri finalizes its expected move to the SEC in time to join that conference next season, the Wildcats may also play a road game against Central Florida.

K-State athletic director John Currie said he was unsure which scenario will play out. But he is happy with the Wildcats’ upcoming schedule either way.

“We have four nonconference games under contract, because we still have Central Florida under contract,” Currie said. “If we have a 10-team league with nine conference games, then we’ll be playing the three home games we have under contract. If we lose somebody, then we have Central Florida under contract and we’ll go on the road and play them.

“So I’m not really doing anything on scheduling for next year right now.”
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A few minutes with … Andre McDonald

When Kansas State absolutely had to get a first down against Central Florida last weekend, the Wildcats called on Andre McDonald.

Facing a third-and-long on their final drive of the day, Carson Coffman dropped back and to the right, turned to his left and lobbed a pass to the redshirt freshman tight end. McDonald, a 6-foot-8 receiver/blocker, was wide open on the misdirection play and rumbled 18 yards down field.

A few plays later, Coffman went to him again for a five-yard gain. By making two big grabs, McDonald helped K-State score a game-winning touchdown.

Coming into the drive, the odds of McDonald catching a key pass seemed slim. He had yet to make a single catch with the Wildcats, and had earlier scared K-State coaches by dropping a catchable ball. But he came through when his teammates needed him, and they in turn are grateful.

McDonald talked at length about his catches and role with the Wildcats this week. Turns out he’s quite the character.
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Postgame: K-State 17, Central Florida 13

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The Kansas State Wildcats struggled throughout most of the game, but when it mattered most they came up with big plays and defeated Central Florida 17-13.

Here’s a look back at everything that transpired Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium — good, bad and interesting:

FIVE THINGS THAT WENT WELL
1. I don’t know if K-State has earned the nickname “Comeback Cats” yet, but it has trailed in the second half of three games this season and won all three.

Saturday’s fourth-quarter rally past Central Florida was easily the most dramatic. The Wildcats’ final drive erased an entire afternoon of struggles, kept their perfect record intact and proved there is no quit on the K-State sideline.
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Gameday Preview: Central Florida at K-State

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All that stands between Kansas State and a perfect 4-0 record heading into its bye week is a little-publicized game with Central Florida.

That might not seem like much of a challenge given the Golden Knights’ humorous mascot and the Wildcats’ status as seven-point favorites. If the Wildcats play smart, disciplined football, they should win.

But there’s a reason Bill Snyder told his players this week that they are about to face the best team they have played all season: Central Florida is capable of challenging K-State.
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Surprisingly, Bill Snyder and George O’Leary are only acquaintances

Ask Bill Snyder about an opposing football coach, and he normally offers up some kind of story about him.

Rick Neuheisel, Terry Allen, Paul Rhoads … He has talked about all three this season. Last year he often spoke about his friendships with Tom Osborne, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

But he apparently isn’t good pals with Central Florida coach George O’Leary. Both have been in the business for years and years, but their paths have rarely crossed.

“I don’t know George well,” Snyder said.
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This week’s player to watch: Jeff Godfrey

JeffGodfrey Jeff Godfrey is one of the top recruits George O’Leary has ever landed at Central Florida.

In high school, his 7,251 passing yards made him the career passing leader in Miami-Dade county history, and his quick feet made him the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com. O’Leary had to beat out Miami, Tennessee and Florida State to get him.

It was not an easy process.

“Everybody was after him,” O’Leary said. “He was the 6A Player of the Year in Florida. That’s pretty good. He came up to visit and the coaches did a great job recruiting him. He liked what he saw here. He liked the situation. He liked the school.

“He’s about the team and that’s what has really impressed me about him. He’s very team-oriented. He has some great awards in his young career, but I think he plays very level headed. I’m very happy he’s in the program.”

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Bill Snyder talks Central Florida

During his weekly teleconference with Big 12 media members, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder shared a few of his thoughts on Central Florida.

It seems he is most impressed with the Golden Knights’ speed.

“They run really well,” Snyder said, “… Young guys who run around and not only play fast, but are fast.”

Central Florida is off to a 2-1 start, with wins over South Dakota and Buffalo. Its loss came narrowly at North Carolina State, 28-21.

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Looking ahead to Gameday: Central Florida

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, Iowa State.
knightro-150x250 The Central Florida Knights are expected to be one of the best football teams in Conference USA this season. With a mascot like that (pictured left) it’s easy to see why.

In all seriousness, Central Florida is poised for a strong season. It went 8-5 a year ago and returns 12 starters to this year’s squad.

Junior running back Brynn Harvey will likely lead the team. Last season he was one of Conference USA’s top rushers, and piled up 1,109 yards and 14 touchdowns on 261 carries.

On defense, the Knights welcome back seven starters, and are particularly proud of their defensive line. The question is, how will that lineup perform against nonconference competition like Kansas State?
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Thoughts on the finalized football schedule

Next year’s Kansas State football schedule looks different than any the Wildcats have had in a while under coach Bill Snyder.

What does that mean? Plenty.

Let’s start with what’s good about it. First off, K-State will have a bye week next season. The Wildcats went without a week off last year, and that was not to Snyder’s liking. This time it comes in Week 5, right before a nationally televised Thursday home game with Nebraska.
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