Last season, the Kansas State Wildcats put up some insane, video game-like numbers on offense. The offensive production put out by the Kansas State offense propelled the team to a Fiesta Bowl berth, as well as sending senior QB Collin Klein to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
While Klein gained the most national notoriety out of anyone else on the team, short of head coach Bill Snyder, he did have some help. That help was in the form of junior RB John Hubert, whom unlike Klein, will be returning to Manhattan this season. And while he may not be playing the QB position, it may be his responsibility to maintain the success of the offense.
Tearing through the Big 12 Conference last season, as the Kansas State offense did, Hubert managed to amass 947 yards and 15 touchdowns for the 2012 season, clearly doing his part while Klein did his. It was the perfect QB/RB complement, which would explain how the Kansas State offense was so dominant.
With Klein gone now and the Kansas State coaching staff having to decide on his replacement this summer, it’s on Hubert now to step up on and off the field and control the offense.
No matter whom Snyder chooses as his QB, the big-game college experience is going to be either limited or non-existent. On one hand you have redshirt Sophomore Daniel Sams, who has attempted just 8 total passes in his Kansas State career. Or, you have junior college transfer Jake Waters, who has never played a major collegiate game in his life.
As the new QB is transitioning in to his new spot, Hubert is going to have to shoulder a good portion of the offensive load.
Although a good portion of the team has been decimated, the offensive line wholly returns. This is nothing but good news for both Hubert and the QBs.
Hubert came dangerously close to a 1,000 yard season last year. If he can keep himself on a pace to break the four-figure barrier, then the Kansas State offense will click even faster. If Hubert can make his star shine that much brighter, then the nightmare of facing the Kansas State offense may not be completely over as Big 12 defenses expected.