Snyder daydreams about two-way players

Anytime Bill Snyder says he is curious about something, you have to listen intently.

This week his mind was peaked by the subject of Iron Man football.

Snyder began thinking about the topic when he was asked about defensive back David Garrett, who has proven capable of playing both cornerback and safety.

“There are a lot of players with the capability to do it (play multiple positions),” Snyder said. “It’s just whether or not you really pull the trigger to do it. David’s case may be somewhat different, because you’re not talking about playing offense and defense. But I’ve thought about playing a number of others on both sides of the ball. Thought about it quite seriously.”

Oh yeah? Like who?

“I’m not going to tell,” he replied with a smile.

Fair enough. Snyder can keep that secret to himself. It’s easy to take a guess at who some of those players are, anyway. Earlier this year he said Daniel Thomas would make a terrific safety, so he’s obviously thought about him. And fullback Braden Wilson said he would play both ways in a heartbeat. So I guess he’s on the list too.
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Cantele, Cherry locked in kicker’s duel

Who will kick for Kansas State this week?

It is not a question of high priority for most Wildcats fans, but it is a question that is being asked all the same.

We have seen both Anthony Cantele and Josh Cherry kick the football this season, and there is no telling who will start against Iowa State this Saturday.

Cantele surprisingly won the Wildcats’ top kicking spot for the season opener against UCLA, and did well in his debut. Then last week he missed a short, 26-yard field goal and shanked an extra point.

That gave Cherry, who handled field goals for K-State last year, the chance to come on the field and boot four extra points. Coach Bill Snyder has said little about his kickers this season, but Cantele and Cherry say they are locked in an ongoing battle at the position.
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Position Preview: Kickers

KickersWhen Josh Cherry missed two field goals and an extra point during a 17-15 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last year, he stood out for the wrong reasons. The pressure was on, and he faltered.

Several weeks later, when the senior found his kicking groove and connected on four field goals against Missouri, he was only noticed because Kansas State’s offense was kept out of the end zone all afternoon. The pressure was off, and he succeeded.

This season, Cherry hopes to find a better balance.

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Live Blog: Mizzou 38, K-State 12

The Kansas State football team has made a name for itself this season by making its opponents pay for their mistakes while limiting its own.

On Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium, the Wildcats were beaten at their own game and lost to Missouri 38-12.

K-State committed three turnovers, never got its running game going and could do nothing to stop Mizzou’s high-powered passing game.

Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed 20 of 27 pass for 298 yards and three touchdowns. All three of his scores went to wide receiver Danario Alexander, who looked particularly good amassing 200 yards on 10 catches.
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Postgame: K-State 49, Tenn. Tech 7

When a win comes as easily as Kansas State’s 49-7 rampage over Tennessee Tech did on Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium, there are inevitably two ways to look at it.

You can walk away heavily impressed by the Wildcats’ big victory. Or you can walk away laughing at the poor play of the Golden Eagles.

But seeing as how Kansas State scored more points than it had all season in this game — and it did so with top playmakers Daniel Thomas, Brandon Banks and Carson Coffman watching from the bench for the final 25 minutes of the second half — the Wildcats did more than enough to deserve praise.
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A few minutes with kicker Josh Cherry

Josh Cherry is a smart guy.

He knows he should be making more field goals. He knows his 0 for 3 start to the season has cost his team. And he knows he will need to start kicking better in order for Kansas State to improve as the season goes along.

Knowing all that, he also understood that he would have to answer some tough questions this week. When your team loses a game by two points and you personally missed two field goals and an extra point in said game, there’s an inherent amount of blame that comes your way, both from the outside and within.
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Postgame: UL-Lafayette 17, K-State 15

LAFAYETTE, La. — I respect the heck out of the little guy. I respect the heck out of the Sun Belt conference. I even respect the heck out of the teeny-tiny crowd of about 16,000 people who braved the moderately wet weather at Cajun Field on Saturday to watch Louisiana-Lafayette beat Kansas State 17-15.

But despite all that, this was a loss the Wildcats could ill afford.

With a surging UCLA team up next, it’s looking like Kansas State will only come out of the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 2-2 record. And only one of those wins will count toward bowl eligibility because Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech belong to the Football Championship Subdivision.

Not that a whole lot of Wildcats fans were thinking about the postseason after this loss, but reaching a bowl game now looks like quite the chore.
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