The Kansas State Wildcats are in the unenviable position of replacing a legend after the graduation of Collin Klein. The Heisman Trophy finalist leaves a long and storied career behind him in Manhattan and leaves massive shoes to fill behind him. It won’t be an easy task to follow Klein’s act under center for Kansas State, but Daniel Sams has the tools to keep the dual-threat legacy going.
There will be some competition for the starting job next season. Junior college transfer Jake Waters is a full-participant in spring practice after having a record-setting career at the JUCO level. He comes to Kansas State after setting the NJCAA record for completion percentage while passing for 3,501 yards with 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Waters will push Sams in spring practice, but the difference between the two will be the athleticism and experience of Sams. The K-State offense is still built around the running game and the ability of the quarterback to make plays with his legs. The vertical passing game isn’t fully developed in Manhattan, making the ability to run the ball all the more important.
Sams showed that he has the ability to maintain the Kansas State offense when he started in place of an injured Collin Klein last season. In all, the dynamic Sams averaged seven yards per carry and scored three touchdowns on the ground in 2012. He has the experience in the system and the playmaking ability to make the Wildcats’ running game keep its teeth next fall.
It isn’t going to be easy and he’ll likely fall short by comparison, but Sams is the best bet for Kansas State to keep their offense rolling next season. Can he hold off Waters and stay on top of the quarterback depth chart?