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Expectations rise as we creep toward opening day.

Kansas State v Baylor
Can Ertz and the Wildcats beat preseason projections?
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Rumor has it that a solar eclipse occurred yesterday. Thanks to fickle weather patterns and inconsiderate clouds, most of northeast Kansas cannot confirm. We can confirm that football approaches, and we’re getting impatient.


As reported by Greg Woods, K-State was picked 20th in the AP preseason poll. How many of us would be satisfied to finish in that spot?

With 12 days remaining until opening day kickoff, BracketCat highlighted defensive back AJ Parker.


Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal discussed K-State’s “new look” linebacking corps. The fresh take on linebacker results from Blake Seiler stepping into the position coach’s role vacated by the departure of Mike Cox. The ‘Cats will also be looking to replace a dynamic sideline-to-sideline player in Elijah Lee, who skipped his senior year to enter the NFL draft, and a dominating physical presence in Charmeachealle Moore.

Jesse Ertz is both a survivor and a fan of “Survivor.” Corbin McGuire at uses the K-State quarterback’s affinity for the reality television program as a jumping-off point to discuss his competitiveness and toughness heading into his senior season.

Another Wildcat is on the preseason radar for national awards. Reggie Walker is one of 34 players named to the Hendricks Award watch list. (

Commitments to Bill Snyder’s program keep coming, as the Georgia pipeline continues. Jaquavius Lane, a wide receiver from Loganville, Georgia gave his commitment to the program on Monday. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)


A little human interest will finish our slate for the day. K-State graduate Sarah Barrett, who works as Cleary Act federal compliance counselor at the university, also supervises a new on-campus food pantry. Barrett, who was often hungry herself as a student, hopes to fill a nutrition gap that has existed for many students for decades. Always nice to see good K-Staters doing good things.