Opponent Preview: Kansas State Wildcats

Inside, a preseason look at Colorado's Nov. 4 opponent, the Kansas State Wildcats.

Kansas State Wildcats
at Folsom Field • Nov. 4 • TBA
Head Coach: Ron Prince (1st season)
2005 Record: 5-6/2-6 Big 12 North
Series Record: 43-17-1

The 2006 Kansas State Wildcats are a team in transition. The winds of change blew into Manhattan and brought new Head Coach Ron Prince and almost an entirely new coaching staff. Shortly after being named as the replacement for coaching legend Bill Snyder, Prince quickly put together a coaching staff that is both young and experienced.

Look for new schemes on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball with new innovations that will be a work in progress early on. This staff brings fresh ideas from numerous conferences as well as the NFL. Youth and energy abound with this staff. Using the majority of spring practices to implement their style of play and instill their coaching philosophies, new systems means new players and starters. Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris, who came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will look to install his version of the ‘Tampa Two' defense. By definition, the ‘Tampa Two' D is an attacking defense predicated on pressuring the quarterback and forcing turnovers.

On offense, look for Prince to go to a more pro-style offense and stretch the field vertically in the passing game. Look for the tight ends to be more involved in the passing game, and a premium will be placed on offensive line play.

This staff will continue to identify the best players and get them on the field. Having lost players to transfers this offseason, the Cats must find depth at critical positions and it is imperative that key JUCO players emerge quickly. Players like Robert Jackson and Moses Manu must emerge at DE to provide depth behind starters Eric Childs and Ian Campbell. Defenders like Ray Cheatham, Antwon Moore, Justin Roland and Devin Anderson look to press for playing time and will be counted on immediately. Early on, this K-State team will be a work in progress, as players and coaches develop chemistry and adjust to one another.

Returning Leaders: PASS: Allan Evridge 213-102-1,365, 6 TD, 7 INT; RUSH: Thomas Clayton 137-637/4.6, 4 TD; REC: Jordy Nelson 45-669/14.9, 8 TD; TCKLS: Brandon Archer 73; SACKS: Archer 3.