The Kansas State Wildcats saw unprecedented success under former quarterback Colin Klein in 2011 and 2012. Klein led the Wildcats to a 21-5 record during those two years and won a share of the Big 12 title in 2012. It’s no secret that Klein will be very hard to replace, and that’s exactly what sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams will try to do this fall.
Sams saw limited action in 2012, with just eight attempts, 55 yards through the air and no touchdowns. Sams will need to mature as a Big 12 quarterback quickly, or the Wildcats could be in for a rough season.
As a dual-threat quarterback, much like Klein, head coach Bill Snyder may not have to change a whole lot in terms of offensive schemes in 2013 due to the two quarterbacks similarities. Sams, a three-star athlete recruit according to 24/7 Sports, will likely be a big playmaker on the ground, but will need to improve his passing game to succeed at Kansas State.
Sams has a 6-foot-2, 207-pound frame and should be a pretty durable quarterback like Klein. As a senior for Salmen High School in Slidell, La., Sams passed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 579 yards and nine touchdowns and even had 518 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
It’s clear that Sams has the athletic ability to be a big playmaker in the Big 12, but he will need to prove that he can throw the ball to be effective in such a competitive league. He will have senior running back John Hubert in his backfield to help him settle into the Big 12, as well as the No. 2 receiver from last year, junior wideout Tyler Lockett as a big receiving target in 2013.
It’s hard to see Sams replicating what Klein has done the last two years, but with a similar running and throwing style, and a good supporting cast, Sams could surprise some people this fall and continue Bill Snyder’s success in Manhattan.