Scouting Kansas State

The Kansas State Wildcats (5-1) are looking to spoil Homecoming Weekend as they take on the Baylor Bears (5-2) this Saturday at 2:30 in Waco. The Bears are coming off a huge road win over Colorado last weekend and have the opportunity to clinch a bowl berth for the first time since 1994. Here's a look at who and what the Bears can expect to see this Saturday.

QB: Senior QB Carson Coffman is off to a solid start in Bill Snyder's run-first offense. Similar to Baylor, K-State uses the short passing game and the running game to open up the deep ball. Last week in a 59-7 win over Kansas, Coffman completed 8 of his first 9 passes to start off the game. Coffman completed 5 passes shorter than 10 yards, then connected Tramaine Thompson for a 36 yard pass. He only played for 3 quarters last week and finished 15/16 for 184 yards. Coffman can also carry the ball, picking up 42 yards and 3 rushing TDs last week.

RB: Senior Daniel Thomas is the 2nd leading rusher in the Big 12 this season, averaging 130.3 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Thomas doesn't have the speed of some other backs Baylor has seen this year, but he is a shifty back that isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and take contact head-on in order to pick up a couple of extra yards. William Powell is another power back, averaging over 10 yards per carry on 20 attempts this season.

WR: Aubrey Quarles is the Wildcats' leading receiver this season with 18 grabs for 244 yards and 2 TDs. The Bears will have to keep a close eye on Tramaine Thompson, a 5'7" freshman receiver with explosive speed and the ability to get around defenders when he gets them one-on-one. Since Brodrick Smith, one of their best receivers, to a broken leg, Adrian Hilburn and Chris Harper have had to fill the void. K-State does a good job spreading the ball around; 8 different players had a reception last week.

O-Line: The Wildcats' 5 starting lineman all weigh over 300 pounds and have a lot of experience. It's a group that was built to run block, which is why Kansas State has the 2nd best rushing offense in the conference, averaging 221.7 yards per game. They didn't allow a sack last week but have given up 13 this season, including 6 against UCLA in their season opener.

D-Line: The Kansas State front line is the anchor of the worst rushing defense in the Big 12, allowing 222.7 yards per game. Sophomore DE Brandon Harold has played well thus far, with 6 tackles for a loss this season, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Another player to watch out for is DT Prizell Brown. Brown has 3 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss.

LB: The Wildcats run a 4-2-5 and have several talented linebackers they can run in and out throughout the game. K-State's leading tackler is LB Alex Hrebec, who has 57 tackles this season. Last week, sophomore Jarell Childs stepped up and led the team in tackles with 15. Also, keep an eye out for Brandon Slaughter. Slaughter began the season as a backup, but has since become the teams' 4th leading tackler and has 2 sacks.

DB: K-State's secondary deserves a lot of the credit for their ability to defend the pass this season, giving up only 163 yards per game. CB David Garrett is a smaller guy, but he's a talented athlete that has played well thus far. Garrett has 37 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, 2 sacks, and an interception. CB Terrance Sweeney has 2 interceptions this season.

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