#4 Daniel Sams
Position: Multiple Positions
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Daniel Sams (b. Oct. 1, 1992), a.k.a. The Promised One, is the only quarterback to whom K-State offered a scholarship in the 2010 class. Moreover, the coaches promised him it would remain that way. The question is why?
The answer is: Sams is a freak athlete in the mold of Ell Roberson. In him, Bill Snyder sees the genesis of the next generation of dual-threat quarterbacks in Manhattan. This guy played six frackin' positions in high school.
No offense to any of the perfectly capable quarterbacks who might start this season, but Sams (along with next year's incoming freshman, Tavarius Bender) is the future.
In the meantime, I expect Sams to redshirt, sit and learn. Snyder's playbook is notoriously complicated and no true freshman ever has played quarterback for him. For that matter, only one redshirt freshman, Allan Evridge, ever has.
If Sams does see the field this season, it most likely will be at wide receiver, where he was deadly effective as a high school senior while also taking snaps at quarterback. He caught 21 passes for 518 yards and nine touchdowns.
Playing wide receiver and then quarterback has worked pretty well for Collin Klein, after all. Can history repeat itself?
That said, Snyder probably would prefer to redshirt Sams if at all possible. We're pretty deep at wide receiver.