Kansas State Pre-Spring Preview

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2010

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Coffman #14 of the Kansas State Wildcats hands the ball off to Daniel Thomas #8 against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated Kansas State 23-9.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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According to the Big 12 Pre-Spring Power Rankings, Kansas State is supposed to finish 10th in the Big 12 conference but I beg to differ.

The Wildcats 2009-'10 football season left off on a bad note. After losing their last two games by double-digits, and missing the chance to play in a bowl game, the Wildcats are returning seven of their 11 offensive starters, which had a fairly productive year.

Too bad the same can’t be said for the defensive side of the ball. On average, the Wildcats' defense gave up a total of 23.3 points and 339.9 yards per game to opposing offenses, capped off by allowing a whopping 66 points at Texas Tech.

However, everything was not bad for the Wildcats this past season. The Wildcats finished at .500 for the first time since the 2006’ season with a 6-6 record.

Most Needed Recruits:

Manase Foketi, OT

The Wildcats needed a left tackle and what a good selection here. Manase is a great offensive lineman can play left or right tackle. Manase is most likely going to come in right away and play some minutes for the Wildcats.

Adam Davis, DE

Defensive end Adam Davis is a productive pass rusher who could jump right in and help the Wildcats' defensive line. Davis is a 4-star prospect according to Rivals with a powerful sophomore season highlighted by 8.5 sacks.

DeMarcus Robinson, RB

DeMarcus doesn’t have the size normally associated with playing running back at 5-9 but is definitely bulky. DeMarcus runs low to the ground and is a tough back to tackle. He could become part of a very productive backfield for the Cats’ along with returnee Daniel Thomas.

Notable Games

Nebraska at Kansas State, nationally-televised game

Kansas State vs. Iowa State, at Arrowhead Stadium

UCLA at Kansas State


Their special teams unit ranks among the elite of the Big 12, after four returned touchdowns. Junior back Daniel Thomas had the most productive year for any Wildcat this season; accumulating 1,290 yards and 11 touchdowns, pretty good start to a much needed turnaround.

They’re many changes coming to the Wildcats. Their starting quarterback will no longer be Grant Gregory. That opens the door for red-shirt freshman Sammuel Lamur. The 6-4 speedster definitely possesses the size needed to play quarterback and has one skill Synder values the most: being a mobile quarterback.

Don’t sleep on Carson Coffman for the starting position either. He was the starting quarterback for the Cats’ for nearly half of the season before Grant Gregory took over the job.

Former Kansas State defensive coordinator Vic Koenning departed to Illinois, Chris Cosh was promoted, Chris Dawson was hired as the strength and conditioning coach and Keith Burns was added to the staff as the Wildcats secondary coach.


Kansas State will finish (5-3) in the conference with losses to Nebraska, Missouri and Texas, possibly getting to either the Sun Bowl or Alamo Bowl.