Sunday, August 15, 2010
Big 12 2010-Kansas State Wildcats
2009 Record: 6-6 (4-4)
Head Coach: Bill Snyder (19th season, 142-74-1)
Offensive Coordinator: Dell Miller (2nd season) and Dana Dimel (2nd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Chris Cosh (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: Had they only not played UMass or Tennessee Tech...
Offense: Everything goes through RB Daniel Thomas. He led the Big 12 in rushing last season. He runs plays at QB in the Wildcat formation. He pretty much does it all. On a better team, he would be a super star, yet most people outside of his region don't know who he is. He also benfits from two things...a punishing FB in Braden Wilson, and 4 starters returning on the line, 3 of which (LG Zach Kendall, C Wade Welbert, and RG Kenneth Mayfield) are seniors. Thomas should have another outstanding year, but now we reach a tempest that may prevent him from repeating his success of 2009...The lack of a QB. There is not a star amongst the group composed of Carson Coffman, who was benched as a starter last season, Collin Klein, who was a WR last season, and Sammuel Lamur. There aren't any real playmakers at WR either.
Defense: This area is a strong suit for the Wildcats. KSU ranked 16th against the run last season, and ranked 39th overall in total defense. Brandon Herald will returnat DE after missing almost all of 2009 to injury. He was a freshman AA in 2008. Antonio Felder returns at the other DE spot, but his job is not noted as being safe. The DT positions are up for grabs as well. All three LBs need to be replaced. Alex Hrebec looks good to man the middle, while Kevin Rohleder looks like a lock at one OLB slot. The othe OLB spot looks to be a battle between Kadero Terrell and Thomas Ferguson. The safeties look solid with Emmanuel Lamur returning at SS, and Tysyn Hartman coming back at FS. Lamur was the leading tackler last season.Stphen Harrison returns at one CB spot, while Troy Butler and Darious Thomas look to battle it out for the other CB job.
Special Teams: Josh Cherry will return to handle the PK job, while the punting job is split between long kicker Ryan Doerr and short or pooch yardage kicker DJ Fulhage. John Hubert and Tysyn Hartman look to battle to become the primary kick return guy.
Wins: 9/11 Missouri State, 9/25 Central Florida, 11/20 @ Colorado, 11/27 @ North Texas
Toss Up Games: 9/4 UCLA, 9/18 @ Iowa State, 10/16 @ Kansas, 10/23 @ Baylor, 10/30 Oklahoma State
Losses: 10/7 Nebraska, 11/6 Texas, 11/13 @ Missouri
The UCLA game will tell a bunch about this team in game 1. Iowa State and Baylor would be wins if they were home games. Nebraska and Texas both come to Manhatten, but there isn't much of a chance to steal a win from the loss box.
Outlook: KSU could return to a bowl game in 2010, as it's probable that the Cats will steal the necessary 3 wins from the toss box to qualify. Bill Snyder did a good job of building K State before, but it's hard to come home again. The usual Snyder-esque cream puffs remain on the schedule with Missouri State and North Texas. Som things never change.