Five days left until kickoff, and BracketCat celebrated with an introduction of dynamic redshirt junior linebacker Da’Quan Patton.
Kellis Robinett must be anxious to get the season started. Late last night he posted his game time summary, with five things to know ahead of the opener against South Dakota. Among the things Kellis says to watch: Da’Quan Patton’s performance at linebacker. Ryan Black at the Mercury also looked at Patton, calling him and Elijah Sullivan “young but athletic and skilled.”
The quarterback battle continues right up to the first game, and Coach Snyder says both Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson will play on Saturday, because both deserve to play. We can speculate that Coach may prefer not to tip his hand prior to game time, but most believe that the race between the sophomore and junior signal-callers is legitimately too close to call.
All-conference right tackle Dalton Risner says this year’s offensive line has the potential to be the best of his career. He admits he believed the same thing last year. Sounds like a 16 Goals thing, don’t you think?
Special teams have always been a hallmark of K-State teams, but several issues were apparent during the spring game. Coaches seem to acknowledge they are not where they would like to be yet. From the Manhattan Mercury via the Kokomo Perspective, K-State has “a lot of work ahead” at the punter position.
KC Kingdom spotlighted running back Alex Barnes, predicting he has a chance to be special in 2018.
For the Tweeters among us, Eric Stonestreet sat down for an interview with K-State recruiting coordinator Taylor Braet. Maybe Eric could be part of the next wave of offensive linemen in purple.
K-State alum Robert Streb has struggled on the PGA Tour this season, ranking 169th on the money list. Since only the top-125 are guaranteed to retain their tour card for next season, Streb was faced with either qualifying by finishing in the Top-25 in the four-tournament rotation that concludes the Web.com tour season or earning his card in qualifying school. By winning the first of the four events and pocketing $108,000, Streb assured himself of finishing in the top-25 and retaining PGA playing privileges. Jon covered the story yesterday, but Streb granted Corbin McGuire at K-State Sports Extra a phone interview, in which he expressed relief and recounted overcoming similar struggles with his game during his sophomore campaign at K-State.
A little beyond a year into his tenure, Gene Taylor has rolled out a strategic vision for the athletic department, including seven key priorities:
- Support student-athlete success and well-being.
- Win championships.
- Provide the best fan experience in the Big 12.
- Foster a positive and inclusive department culture.
- Grow and efficiently manage financial resources.
- Encourage diversity and acceptance with all student-athletes and department staff.
- Cultivate an atmosphere of compliance.
It is perhaps a sign of the times that many of these goals fall into the “affective” domain, aimed at building a positive environment and a department that follows the rules, while a single goal specifically addresses team success on the field of play. Do things the right way, and success will follow. Right?