With Collin Klein going off to play in the big leagues, the Kansas State Wildcats need to decide exactly who will be their new quarterback and soon. You might think back-up QB Daniel Sams has the natural advantage, but apparently Coach Bill Snyder wants to challenge his players with some healthy competition.
Sams is a good size quarterback at 6-2 and 204 pounds, but he’s still not being guaranteed a starting position. Having natural athletic ability Sams played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter and kick returner in high school, and amassed over 3,000 total yards his senior year. His versatility and play making ability are the strong suits he brings to the table. In addition, he was solid when called upon last season completing six passes for 55 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed for 235 yards and ran in three touchdowns.
Equally, recent sign-on Jake Waters is a top rated junior-college star, and was recently granted the NJCAA player of the year award. He chose to bring his talents to K-State rather than his other main choice the Penn State Nittany Lions. Last season, he completed about 73 percent of his passes, and rushed for approximately 300 yards while leading Iowa Western to a national title. At only 5-11, he might not be able to run the ball effectively in the Big 12, which shouldn’t matter for a QB, but since the option is becoming more of a trend it may have an impact. His maturity and field vision are his greatest assets.
Both players have the talent so now it boils down to their desire. Simply put, who wants it more? Will the junior-college star continue his success on the national stage while at the same time stealing the limelight, or will the red-shirted freshman who sat idle waiting for his chance under Collin Klein, not want to wait anymore?
This should be a good battle to watch, and will ultimately make both players stronger. Nothing makes you work harder than someone trying to take your job.
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