Two-Quarterback System Finding Success for Kansas State Wildcats

By Tyler Brett
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They often say that if you have two quarterbacks, then you really have none. Bill Snyder has obviously heard that saying (as he’s probably heard every saying) but he’s choosing to debunk it in 2013 as he continues to roll with both Daniel Sams and Jake Waters under center for the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite persistent questions on when or if he’ll choose between the two, Snyder is rolling with the two-quarterback system in Manhattan for now and it’s just what the Wildcats need to succeed.

Following the graduation of Collin Klein last season, there was certainly an expectation that the quarterback position would take a step back this season. Snyder had to pick between Sams, who has shown great athleticism in the running game, and Waters, who has a better arm in the passing game. If he could have found a way to meld them into one quarterback, he would have been set. Since the science wasn’t available for that, Snyder decided to do the next best thing and just use both of them in the offense.

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing balancing the two in the offense, but it’s come through for them on more than one occasion. When the offense was struggling against the Baylor Bears earlier this season, Sams came in and provided a spark to the team, rushing for nearly 200 yards and helping them build a lead in the fourth quarter (though they weren’t able to hold on to it). Last week, the West Virginia Mountaineers came out with a gameplan to shut Sams down and Waters stepped up and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to spark the Cats’ 35-12 win.

While it isn’t the ideal situation under center, Snyder is making it work with both Sams and Waters in 2013. Plugging in each when the situation dictates depending on what K-State needs to do to win. It hasn’t always been pretty and it’s certainly not as effective as they were last year, but the Wildcats are making it work and should keep it going this week against the Iowa State Cyclones.

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