The Kansas State Wildcats will be breaking in a new quarterback for the first time since the 2010 season. Head coach Bill Snyder knows that having a strong running game goes a long way in helping a new quarterback get settled into his offense. Senior running back John Hubert will have the chance to both help new sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams get acclimated as well as have a potentially historic season.
The Wildcats aren’t known for having much of a passing attack under Snyder in the first place, but we could see a ground game from Hubert that we haven’t seen in a long time.
Last year, Hubert rushed for 947 yards and 15 touchdowns on 189 attempts. That’s good for five yards per carry, not bad for a speedster. At 5-foot-7 and 191 pounds, Hubert isn’t physically imposing, but he’s lightening quick and also carries a surprising punch when it comes to being able to take a hit.
This year, his yards per carry may come down a bit, but it’s almost certain that Hubert will rush for many more yards total. A conservative estimate would put Hubert at 215-plus carries. If he averages the same amount, he will rush for 1075 yards in 2013. I see Hubert rushing for more than that, especially if the Wildcats have quarterback issues.
Hubert will be the leader of the offense this year as a senior and will need to take up the bulk of the carries at the running back position. If he can keep the Wildcats offense in games with his quickness and explosive running abilities, he could very well carry Kansas State to their fourth-straight bowl appearance under Snyder.
Expect the Wildcats defense to once again be an overachieving group and both sides of the ball to play as a team. My guess is that the Wildcats upset a few teams this year and reach another bowl game on the shoulders of Hubert.