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Injury bug bites hard but depth will help

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"What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!"


Luke Thompson chats with Louisiana Tech's Associate Athletics Communication Director Patrick Walsh in the latest edition of Bring on the Podcast.

In keeping with that theme, Jon Morse has this Kansas State Q&A with Jason Jones of Underdog Dynasty and Bleed Tech Blue, the Rivals site for Louisiana Tech. Meanwhile, Jon also answered questions for Jason for UD's own feature, Know Your Opponent: Kansas State.

Finally, Jon briefly previews tonight's college football action.


"You cannot pass...Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."

That should be "you shall not run," really. Kansas State's defense is playing really well. ESPN crunches the numbers so you don't have to, and concludes that giving up a grand total of -3 yards when the opponent crosses into Wildcats territory is pretty darn good.

Skip Holtz has the appropriate level of concern about the opponent and confidence in his own team, as noted in his weekly press conference (Patrick Walsh, SportsNOLA).

Nevertheless, given that several Bulldogs have commented that Kansas State is "pretty simple" and doesn't "have much as far as schemes go," you begin to see just how Bill Snyder's wizardry works (LATech Sports). In other words: "Keep it secret, keep it safe."

"It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not."

The injury bug has bitten the team pretty hard this year, especially at quarterback. Having lost Jesse Ertz in the first game, it appears Kansas state will also be without the services of backup Alex Delton. It's unclear how long Delton will be out, but he will definitely not play this Saturday (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star).

Fortunately, the cupboard is not entirely bare. Joe Hubener has stepped up to the plate, and in Jonathan Banks, the Wildcats have a serviceable backup who has real live game experience, albeit at the junior college level (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

"For even the very wise cannot see all ends."

Given injury problems, questions of depth, and a tough upcoming schedule, it's hard to predict how the season will go for Kansas State. But the team is committed to efficiency on offense (Andrew Hammond, K-State Collegian). Also, as we like to say here, we're going to party like it's 1999 (Robinett, KC Star).

"Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring."

This is almost never a problem for the Wildcat faithful, but the next time you feel the need to grouse about our coaching staff, just remember it could be much worse. You could be a Texas fan (Kevin Haskin, Capital-Journal).

"Fly you fools!"