Last season, Bill Snyder waited until nearly the beginning of the season to announce Jesse Ertz as the starting quarterback. That decision became moot when Ertz went down in the first series of the first game. All strategic decisions around his signal caller had to be tabled to salvage something from a season nearly lost to injury and inexperience.
The situation is no different this season. Now Ertz is locked in competition with Alex Delton, and they're both back at square one, taking practice reps and hoping to lead the team in the fall with almost no experience under their belts. There's also a third candidate in the mix. If you guessed Joe Hubener, congratulations! You have won the fear-and-loathing-in-Manhattan sweepstakes!
Snyder is unwilling to name a starter, however, as he sees the spring quarterback race as "an honest assessment that we’ve got three guys who are very, very competitive and there’s not a lot of difference between the three of them."
He's also concerned (and not without reason) that an ineffective receiving corps could scuttle an otherwise capable quarterback's season. That was certainly the case last year, when only Deante Burton made much of a mark, leading the team with just 38 reception and a 13.4 yards/catch average.
Look for Snyder to wait until just before the Stanford game to name a starter. Odds are it will be Ertz, but you never know (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).
Kansas State crushed West Virginia 15-2 to take the series in Morgantown yesterday. With the win, the BatCats have now won three consecutive Big 12 contests, the first such winning streak all season.
The BatCats were never threatened in the game, using 16 hits to build an unassailable lead early in the game. Seven different Wildcats had multiple hits, including freshman Josh Rolette who had three hits in the game. Shortstop Tyler Wolfe led the team with four hits and had a three-run homer, the first of his career.
Kansas State's starter, Levi MaVorhis, had his longest outing of the season, pitching eight innings and giving up only a single unearned run in the process. This was MaVorhis's 17th win, tying him for fifth-most in school history.
The team will take the field today at 11 AM CDT with Corey Fischer on the mound. If the BatCats win, it will be the first series sweep for the team since the 2013 season.
The men's golf team is currently in third place at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, down a spot from yesterday when the team was just five shots behind leader Kansas. The Wildcats are now at -2, seven shots behind the Jayhawks and four shots off second place team Iowa State.
On the individual leaderboard, Kyle Weldon is currently tied for second through three holes. He's at -5, just one shot off the lead.
Despite a game effort against its ninth ranked opponent of the season, Kansas State dropped the Sunflower Showdown contest 4-2 to #35 Kansas. The Wildcats lost the doubles point, Millie Stretton won her singles point after Kansas had gone up 3-1, beating Nina Khmelnitckaia 7-6 (2), 7-5. The Wildcats had won their first singles point when Livia Cirnu's singles opponent retired.
Next up, the team has a doubleheader next weekend, taking on Southern Illinois and later in the same day #15 Oklahoma State.
The track team had a decent showing as they closed out the KT Woodman Invitational in Wichita yesterday. Keeping with the theme from Friday, a number of athletes recorded personal best marks in various events. The men finished in fourth place, while the women tallied enough points for a fifth place finish. Host school Wichita State swept the men's and women's competitions.
Alyssa Kelly won the women's triple jump event with a jump of 12.35 m, while Kain Ellis finished first in the 800m race.
Confirming Kansas State's status as High Jump U, three Wildcats earned places in the women's high jump, with Morgan Coffman taking second place with a personal best mark of 1.73m. She was joined by teammates Rachel Proteau and Shanae McKenzie who finished third and fifth respectively.
Junior Janee' Kassanavoid finished second in the women's hammer throw event while Tyler Merkley took third place in the men's event.
The teams are in action again next week when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the John McDonnell Invitational.