Kansas State Wildcats Football Season Preview History
2011 Kansas State Football Preview:
When Bill Snyder took the reins in Manhattan, it was a cry for help from the Wildcat faithful. Snyder, who coached the team from 1989-2005, had a track record for building a national contender in the same environment. So in 2010, his third year back, he created the most buzz KSU had seen in a while. Snyder had formed a team that could finish with a winning record and a bowl berth.
2011 presents Snyder with a challenge however. Their offensive workhorse, Daniel Thomas, is now playing in Miami on Sundays. The KSU system is one that currently values the backfield more than the quarterback because of the revised version of the option they run (and, hence, the Wildcat offense that’s occasionally run in the NFL). So while the QB situation is in flux, sophomore transfer Bryce Brown will be looking to replace Thomas in the system.
Ironically, Bryce’s brother and junior linebacker Arthur Brown is another transfer who is looking to become the focal point of the defense. Senior Emmanuel Lamur joins him to form the core of the group, and one that will have to be ready to support the porous defensive line. Luckily, their secondary consisting of sophomores Ty Zimmerman, Stephen Harrison and Terrance Sweeney and senior David Garrett are more than willing and stout enough to survive any onslaught the upfront group may encounter. It may have to be the strength of the team for a while, as Snyder helps the offense find its way.
2010 Kansas State Football Preview:
Before Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was hired in in 1989, the team had made just one bowl appearance in it's 93 years of existence. However, under Snyder, the Wildcats have made 11 bowl games and have emerged as a perennial contender in the Big 12 North.
Although, Kansas State finished a disappointing 6-6 last year, the running game gave fans reason to be hopeful. Senior Daniel Thomas ran for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns, behind a line that returns four starters from a year ago. The quarterback position is still up for grabs, with senior Carson Coffman competing against sophomore Collin Klein for the starting job.
The Wildcats' biggest strength on defense in 2009 was its outstanding play from junior safeties Tysyn Hartman and Emmanuel Lamur. With both returning this year, the secondary should be solid but the rest of the defense is relatively inexperienced. Junior defensive end Brandon Harold had a solid freshman campaign, but missed much of last year due to injury.
Expectations in Manhattan have been higher since Snyder came out of retirement in 2008, and last year was a step in the right direction. The Wildcats certainly will not go backward, but it would be hard to imagine them winning more than eight games.
2009 Kansas State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bill Snyder
The big story of the 2009 Kansas State Wildcats football season will be the return of former Head Coach Bill Snyder. Snyder coached Kansas State for almost 20 years before retiring a few seasons ago. But now Coach Snyder is back on the sideline in Manhattan, where he'll have to get used to coaching in a stadium now named after him, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. This could be a great move for the Wildcats if Snyder can reclaim some of the success he had before retiring and get KState back playing in the Big 12 Championship Game.
2008 Kansas State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Ron Prince
The Kansas State University Wildcats football program has established itself as one of the top programs in the country in the last 20 years. A couple of tough seasons under new coach Ron Prince will have the Wildcats raring to go this coming year to re-establish themselves as contenders for the Big 12 North title and a bowl bid. Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium will be roaring with KState fans looking for their team to turn things around.