Most of the attention paid to the Kansas State Wildcats this offseason has been on what the team lost following the 2012 season. Their defense is severely depleted due to graduation and their team leader, offensive captain and Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein is off trying to swing an invite to an NFL training camp. But Bill Snyder will have one major piece of his Big 12 title team back in 2013 in running back John Hubert, who should become of the conference’s top offensive stars next season.
Last season, Hubert could have been considered one of the best offensive players in the Big 12 already, but his accomplished were overshadowed by Klein’s Heisman run. He led the Wildcats in rushing, carrying the ball 189 times for 947 yards with 15 touchdowns. Over the last two seasons, he’s rushed for 1,917 yards, the most of any returning offensive player in the Big 12 heading into next season. He was a key part of K-State’s run in 2012, but didn’t get the recognition he probably deserved thanks to Klein.
But in 2013, there will no overshadowing the importance of John Hubert. The Wildcats will need to control the tempo of games next fall as they try and figure out just what they’re doing and who they are doing it with on the defensive side of the ball. The quarterback situation is still unsettled, but whoever wins out will not have the experience to step up and lead from the start. Hubert has to be the guy on offense in 2013 and he is more than capable of shouldering that responsibility.
When all is said and done, the Kansas State offense will run primarily through John Hubert at running back and he will respond by ascending to the offensive elite ranks of the Big 12 conference.