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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New Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins says winning championships is his goal

Grant Robbins Grant Robbins said all the standard things when he was formally introduced as the new Kansas State men’s golf coach on Thursday.

He came to K-State from Memphis, his alma mater, in search of a new challenge. His family is excited to move to Manhattan, especially his wife. She is a K-State grad and a Wichita native. He also wants to win championships with the Wildcats.

That’s something most every coach says at his introductory news conference. Everyone aims high. But Robbins is genuinely thinking big. He would never have left Memphis, a school where he spent 11 seasons and reached the NCAA Regionals five times, if he didn’t.

“I was very happy with my previous job,” Robbins said. “I had been there for so long … But this was the perfect fit. I was really happy where I was at, but after sitting down with John (Currie) and seeing what else was going on here it was a very easy decision.”
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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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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: 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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Wesley Iwundu tries to high-five teammates after free throws, even when they aren’t there

Wesley Iwundu has been a popular person on the Internet today.

A video of the Kansas State freshman forward giving high-fives to imaginary teammates (they were all on the other end of the court, because of a flagrant foul) following a made free throw has been making the rounds. You can check it out below.

Iwundu seems to be enjoying the attention. He promoted the video on his twitter account Wednesday. And why not? If you’re going to make a push for ESPN’s “Not Top 10″ Plays of the Week, this is a good (and funny) way to do it.

Kansas State beat Oklahoma with defense last month. Toughness could decide rematch

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Ask Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler what it will take for the Sooners to beat Kansas State on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center, and he doesn’t hesitate with his answer.

“We can’t let them out-physical us,” Spangler said. “We have to be the tougher team.”

That wasn’t the case when K-State defeated Oklahoma 72-66 last month at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats were clearly the tougher team, particularly on defense.

The Sooners sport one of the nation’s top offenses. They average 83 points, with all five of their starters averaging double-figures. But they couldn’t get anything going in Manhattan, outside of Spangler, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shane Southwell and Nino Williams held Cameron Clark to two points and Oklahoma made 33 percent of its shots.

“They do as good a job as anyone defensively,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “It’s hard to simulate, because they are so good at it. But you know what you are getting. They just line up and guard you like crazy. Executing against it is difficult.”
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K-State Q&A: Looking ahead to important road games, looking back on the Baylor loss, plus NCAA Tournament and Justin Edwards

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another K-State Q&A. Apologies for taking last week off, but it was 86 degrees in Texas leading up to the Baylor game. I chose to spend every second I could away from the computer.

Anyway, there’s a big week of basketball ahead. The Wildcats play at Oklahoma and Texas Tech and then return home to take on Iowa State. All three games could be considered toss-ups. They will certainly impact the seed K-State earns in the NCAA Tournament.

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


1. The expectation has to be 0-2, given K-State’s recent history. Though it has often looked dominant at home (winning 14 straight) it has played poorly on the road (losing every away game other than at bottom-feeder TCU). But the majority of its road losses have been close, so it’s also reasonable to assume K-State will break through and win a road game at some point. Oklahoma is 11-3 at home. Texas Tech is 10-5 at home. K-State could win in both venues, but both games will be difficult. Too difficult to expect victories given that K-State has lost five straight on the road.
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Shane Southwell slumps, Will Spradling soars

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Will Spradling and Shane Southwell are heading in opposite directions.

Spradling is making shots and playing his best basketball in a Kansas State uniform after a mediocre (at best) start to the season. Southwell is committing fouls, bricking shots and losing turnovers like a freshman after a promising start to the year.

They have effectively switched places.

Check out the stats.

Will Spradling (first 18 games): 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists.
Shane Southwell (first 20 games): 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.15 assists.

Will Spradling (last six games): 11.67 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists.
Shane Southwell (last four games): 4 points, 3.75 rebounds, 2.75 assists.
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