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Kansas State's quarterback battle may be the biggest story

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BracketCat's 2015 roster countdown marks off 37 days to kickoff with a profile of #37 walk-on linebacker Tyler White. His father, Scott, was a three-year letterman at Kansas State back in the 1980s.

Jon Morse gets you ready for the season with another installment of the 2015 preconditioning series: North Dakota State joins the Big 12.

The first USA Today Amway Coaches Poll for the preseason is out, and although Kansas State does not feature in the Top 25, the coaching fraternity still loves Bill Snyder and the Wildcats check in at #31.

Kansas State's quarterback battle is among the top storylines for the Big 12 this preseason (ESPN). With no clear separation between the candidates, Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Jonathan Banks, and Alex Delton, the issue may not be resolved before the season begins. For all our sakes, it would be best if a starter were named soon, however, if only to avoid the nonsense we witnessed in 2013.

Meanwhile, Cody Whitehair is set at left tackle and has embraced the role and the responsibility that comes with being the most seasoned player on the offensive line (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star).

Kansas State received a commitment from Blake Hickey, an offensive lineman out of Godley, Texas. This is in addition to yesterday's greyshirt commitment of Holton linebacker Mason Barta, son of all-Big Eight linebacker Brooks Barta. This brings the number of 2016 commits up to seven (Topeka Capital-Journal, reporting on a story from GoPowercat.com).

Speaking of Brooks Barta, it's always helpful to look back to appreciate just how far Kansas State has come, and never is it more obvious than when you watch a clip of Bill Snyder's first-ever win as head coach. Watch this game-winning drive, listen to the broadcast crew lose its collective mind, savor the crowds (more like a gathering) celebrate like the team just won the national championship. Wipe away your copious tears. It's all good.

Brian Rohleder, already rewarded with an athletic scholarship for the 2015-16 season, has now earned another award. He has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Court of Honor, which recognizes the academic achievements of upperclassmen across college basketball. Rohleder, a mechanical engineering major, was one of only eight Big 12 players to earn the honor.