College Football Preview: The 2015 Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats Preview
2014 Record: 9-4 (25th of 128) Lost Alamo Bowl 40-35 vs. UCLA
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Overview: The Kansas State Wildcats have reached five straight bowls and have won 38 games in their last four seasons. As long as Bill Snyder continues to roam the sidelines, KSU is a dangerous opponent for every team in the Big 12. Now it’s just a matter of Kansas State winning its third conference title since 2003.
Offense: For the first time in a while, Kansas State will have a new quarterback. Joe Hubener is a former walk-on and has just 19 career passes under his belt but did rush for three touchdowns last season. The great news for KSU heading into this situation is that four starters on the offensive line return, making the transition a lot easier for the new guy. Charles Jones returns after rushing for 13 touchdowns on 133 carries and averaging four yards per carry. The biggest question mark for Kansas State on offense is at wide receiver with the losses of Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton. Kody Cook, Deante Burton and Stanton Weber must step up and replace some of the production from two of the top receivers from last season.
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Defense: Kansas State returns six starters from a defense that ranked 41st in the country. The core of this unit's success will come from the secondary with the return of Dante Barnett, Danzel McDaniel and Morgan Burns. That trio brings loads of experience and a combined seven interceptions from last season. Travis Britz and Jordan Willis form a solid duo along the defensive line, while Will Davis shined at linebacker with a stronger workload in his second season. Elijah Lee has the potential to be a star and Marquel Bryant is due for a breakout season in his fourth year with the team. Kansas State lost some solid production with the losses of Jonathan Truman and Ryan Mueller, but overall this defense should still be able to handle its own and keep Big 12 offenses on its toes.
Special Teams: Matthew McCrane returns at kicker after making 94.7 percent of 19 field goal attempts. Nick Walsh returns at punter after averaging 41.2 yards on 44 attempts.
Overall: Even with some question marks, Kansas State will always be one of the best coached teams in the country and isn’t going to beat itself. The Wildcats are going to continue to be a force in the Big 12 and a team you shouldn’t sleep on. While there may be more talented teams to pick, KSU will once again be in the hunt for a conference title.