Two-quarterback systems aren't always successful, but Kansas State made it work with Jake Waters and Daniel Sams.
Anyone who has watched K-State this year knows a big reason why Waters and Sams can co-exist is because they're selfless players. Sams is usually the first one to congratulate or console Waters when he comes off the field and vice versa.
K-State coach Bill Snyder tends to stick with Waters because of his passing ability, but Waters and Sams are effective in their own way. Sams is easily one of the most gifted runners in the Big 12, and had 784 yards on the ground along with 11 rushing touchdowns in 2013.
Because Sams is so good with the ball in his hand, it's possible a position switch is in his future. Or, at the very least, he could be given additional responsibilities within the offense.
But don't bank on Sams moving around too much in time for Saturday's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan.
"I haven’t discussed that with any of the coaches. Our focus is on Michigan at this point," Sams said via the Kansas City Star. "But I will talk to Coach Snyder about it. I just want him to know I want to be on the field. … When that time comes we will see how it goes."
2014 will be an interesting year for Sams, who will be a junior. Does he stay at quarterback, likely backing up Waters again, or does he move to another position—say, wide receiver? Former quarterback Collin Klein, whom Sams sat behind in 2012, was a former receiver for the Wildcats.
Trevone Boykin, who started 13 games at quarterback for TCU while Casey Pachall sat out with personal and injury issues, recently moved to receiver. It's a move that already looks like it will benefit him, as Boykin finished tied for fourth on the team in receptions with 26.
Kansas State will definitely lose receiver senior Tramaine Thompson, and junior Tyler Lockett could depart early for the NFL draft. Point being, receiver is going to be an area of need for the Wildcats. So, too, will running back, since John Hubert is a senior as well.
Sams has played multiple positions before.
Maybe Sams plays a little running back—he already does, to an extent—or a little wide receiver. If that means he's on the field more often, so be it. He's too athletic to leave on the sidelines.
That doesn't mean Sams has to abandon the quarterback spot, but his ceiling is too high to only be a backup. The only thing Snyder would have to be careful about is not asking too much of Sams.
"When he prepares himself well, he does pretty well underneath center," Snyder said of Sams via the Star. "We will dissect it when the season is over, but I don’t see any foreseeable change. Maybe we could give him some additional responsibilities.”
That would behoove Snyder, and it would benefit Kansas State's offense.
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained firsthand unless cited elsewhere.
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