We had a great reason to take a break from basketball this week as junior starting guard Ben Adler joined the podcast with JT VanGilder to take a quick look ahead and reflect back on some of the things he’s experienced at Kansas State and even before. Ben grew up in my hometown of Winfield, where he followed in the footsteps of so many others in his family to become a college athlete.
Last season, Ben made his debut as a starter against Arkansas State and even had to move over to center after Noah Johnson went down in the opener. He discussed how much losing that game hurt before Kansas State bounced back to stun Oklahoma the next week. We also looked back at how the season ended in painful fashion when a bout with COVID-19 ended Ben’s eight-game starting streak and he had to watch the Wildcats’ last two losses with fellow lineman and roommate Josh Rivas.
For the second half of our discussion, Ben told us why he chose football over baseball and firmly committed to Coach Bill Snyder before his senior season at Wichita Trinity. That commitment remained strong during the coaching transition and Ben had nothing but good things to say about Chris Klieman and offensive line coach Conor Riley. Probably a good idea, since they might be listening or even reading this. Hi Coaches! We’re big fans.
You can follow Ben on Twitter @Ben_Adler63. Go Cats!
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