You want football talk? We have it today, in abundance.
The local media descended on Manhattan yesterday to get a first in-season look at Bill Snyder’s K-State Wildcats. Much of the attention focused on new offensive coordinator, Andre Coleman, and defensive coordinator, Blake Seiler. Quite a bit of digital ink pondered the significance of the quarterback competition between Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton, as well.
For his part, Coleman says he is not abandoning the offensive principles that have guided the program for years under Coach Snyder, but that he hopes to put is own “twist” on the offense and to ensure that players know their responsibilities so they can play faster. (Kellis Robinett, the Eagle) Read deep significance into that statement at your peril.
You know that old trope about “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have any?” Don’t be so sure that’s the case at K-State this year. Andre Coleman says that having both guys on the roster and competing for playing time puts K-State in a great situation. (Arne Green, Capital-Journal.
Coleman is not the only new coordinator, of course. Blake Seiler gets his turn to transform things on the defensive side of the ball. Will we see more attacking? Or will soft corners and bend-don’t-break still be the overarching philosophy?
Though K-State lost two of its most productive receivers from last year’s team in Byron Pringle and Dominique Heath, returning wideouts Isaiah Zuber and Dalton Schoen are bullish on the composition of this years corps. (Jarrett Whitson, the Collegian)
KAKE News, meanwhile, looked at running back depth, a perceived area of strength.
In news concerning K-State alumni, the Capital-Journal reprinted an article from Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News that ponders the question whether do-everything running back Darren Sproles will someday be selected the the NFL Hall of Fame. Darren, for his part, is typically understated in support of his cause.
The athletic department also gave a general recap of media day, with quotes from Coach Snyder and the assistants, as well as co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Brian Norwood and a handful of players. Lap it up now, because Coleman, Seiler and the other coaches will probably be on embargo once games commence.
The Soccer squad will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in an exhibition match Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the final exhibition for the ‘Cats, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Arkansas on the road Saturday night.