Returning Starters – Offense: 6 Defense: 6
Preview: Bill Snyder has done a remarkable job during his tenure as head coach of Kansas State with the team going 187-94-1 in his 23 years as the head man. K-State was better than expected last season as they went 9-4 overall and that was with their 4 losses coming against the likes of Auburn, TCU, Baylor, and UCLA in the Alamo Bowl. K-State is always in the mix with Snyder as head coach, but this team could have a tough time overcoming some of their roster losses.
The first piece of business to take care of is for Kansas State to find a starting QB. It appears that former walk on Joe Hubener is the frontrunner to win the job and he’ll be challenged by underclassmen Ertz and Delton. Whoever wins the starting QB job will bring a new flair to the offense on the ground given the better running skills of the QBs competing for the job. The O-line should also be stout with 4 starters returning. RB isn’t likely to be a position of strength again this year with Charles Jones likely taking the role as starter after rushing for just 540 yards last season. WR losses the most talent with Lockett and Sexton moving on.
Kansas State will be solid on the defensive side of the ball this season given so of their returning talent to build around. Along the line K-State will lean on all conference performer Travis Britz while the end positions will be manned by Bryant and Willis. LB looks to be the weakest spot along the defense with youngster Elijah Lee looking to take on a bigger role and he’ll be joined at the position with Will Davis. The secondary is loaded and that’s important for any defense in the pass happy Big 12. K-State returns three senior starters to the unit with safety Barnett looking to lead the team on this side of the ball.
Prediction: K-State won’t finish in the basement of the Big 12 and if this squad can find a way to 6 wins and a bowl appearance that would be impressive give the losses the roster had to endure this past offseason. The QB position brings about a lot of questions and that’s never a positive sign heading into a season. The defense and a veteran O-line should be able to help this squad along during the early part of the year, but getting to 6 wins could still be a challenge.
Projected Record: 6-6 (3-6)