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Collin Klein makes 247’s college football 30-Under-30 list

Plus more random football notes, and whatever happened to Jake Matthys?

A national writer thinks we’ve got an up-and-comer on our hands.
A national writer thinks we’ve got an up-and-comer on our hands.

Things are starting to heat up here at BotC World Headquarters in scenic Backwater, South Kansas. The news is flying hot and heavy, and after one last weekend to catch our collective breath it’ll be time for #hot #football #takes to start boiling forth from our staff.

This morning, BracketCat hit Sweet Sixteen. No, not his birthday. Late last night, he profiled walk-on freshman quarterback Nick Ast, and this morning the countdown reached the guy at the front of that depth chart: the Sisco Kid himself, Jesse Ertz.

Via the Capital-Journal, the AP’s Dave Skretta ruminates on the sudden respect being shown K-State’s secondary.

Collin Klein is a member of 247’s CFB 30under30 list for 2017, and 247’s Chris Hummer writes about Klein’s return to the Wildcat sideline. (Another notable person on the list: Riley County High’s Annie (Martin) Hanson, who interned at K-State after captaining Oklahoma’s track team and is now an assistant AD at North Carolina.)

At the Austin American-Statesman, Suzanne Halliburton is taking a look at each Big 12’s schools “triplets”. Yesterday, it was K-State’s turn, and thus time for Ertz, Alex Barnes and Byron Pringle.

Y’all remember Shane Morris? Started at QB for Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl? He’s at Central Michigan now, which is surprising because you’d think anyone who played in that game would be out of eligibility. Aaron McMann of MLive checks in on him.

Our final piece of football content comes from our colleagues at College and Magnolia. Auburnite Ryan Sterritt previews the Big 12.

And we’ll close with a baseball item: the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Osipoff reports on a relief pitcher for the Gary RailCats of the independent American Association. The pitcher? Our old friend Jake Matthys, and we finally actually learn a little bit about why he transferred.