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Jake Waters will be a key to Kansas State's success this fall.
8-5 (5-4 Big 12)
What to Watch For
K-State is looking to carry over momentum after winning six of its final seven games to close 2013. Senior Jake Waters (18 TDs, 2,469 passing yards) is the unquestioned starting quarterback, and talented wide receiver Tyler Lockett is his top target.
One major issue will be tailback, where K-State’s No. 2 all-time rusher, John Hubert, has left, with senior DeMarcus Robinson leading a pack of challengers.
Star defensive end Ryan Mueller (11.5 sacks in 2013) leads a defense which, once again, will mix in junior college transfers (Terrell Clinkscales at defensive tackle and D'Vonta Derricott at linebacker). That’s nothing new for a Bill Snyder team, though. The Wildcats host Auburn on a Thursday, Sept. 18, which could be the platform for a special season.
What They’re Saying
"It's easy to lose sight of the fact that, entering 2014, Kansas State has arguably the best offensive player and best defensive player in the conference in receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive end Ryan Mueller, not to mention one of the best interior offensive lines in the nation. For the second year in a row, there's a lot of attrition, which is commonplace for a school that relies so heavily on juco transfers, there's again a lot more to like than dislike when evaluating Kansas State's chances. When in doubt, don't doubt Bill Snyder." —Matt Brown, Sports on Earth