The Kansas State Wildcats and head coach Bill Snyder have a daunting task going into Spring practices: trying to decide which quarterback will take over in 2013. Former quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate Collin Klein is, of course, getting ready for the NFL Draft.
Replacing a quarterback is one thing, but replacing a quarterback with Klein’s ability and production is a completely different issue. Klein ended 2012 with 3,561 yards and 39 touchdowns. For the last two seasons, he has been one of the main reasons for the Wildcats’ offensive turnaround, so finding a dual-threat quarterback to come in and continue on that momentum is not a job that I’d want. But Snyder isn’t called the wizard for no reason.
Insert Daniel Sams and Jake Waters on the scene in Manhattan. Sams, who is a sophomore, played a little in 2012. He played in eight games, recording 55 yards in the air and rushing for 235 yards with three touchdowns. In true Snyder fashion, the other quarterback in contention is JUCO phenom Waters, who decided on Kansas State after talking to Klein a couple of times last season.
Waters, who transferred in from Western Iowa Community College, has stats that are very similar to those of Klein’s. He was NJCAA player of the year last season, rushed for 300 yards, threw for 3,501 yards and 39 touchdowns and only had three picks. Waters said that while on the phone with the Wildcats quarterback coach, Klein got on and told him what a great place Kansas State was, but was happy for him no matter what he decided to do.
It seems that because of his experience of being on the field last season, Sams may have the slight edge going into Spring workouts. But the things Snyder has been able to do with JUCO transfers and Waters’ numbers, the race is going to be a tight one. He has two completely capable replacements. Not only does he have two quarterbacks that are dual-threat, he has the option of running a dual-quarterback system.
Unfortunately for their Big 12 counterparts, it doesn’t look like the Wildcats will be without a dual-threat quarterback anytime soon.