Preview: PURPLE vs. WHITE Scrimmage

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A cast of 103 Wildcats will display their talents Saturday at 1:10 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in the annual Purple-White Spring Game. The featured attraction will be the debut of the Brown brothers – Bryce at running back and Arthur at linebacker. And, special interest will be at quarterback where the 1-2-3 lineup includes Collin Klein, Sammuel Lamur and Justin Tuggle.

The most ballyhooed brother combination in Kansas State football history will dig their cleats into the Bill Snyder Family Stadium turf today at 1:10 for the Annual Purple-White Spring Game

Wearing No 4 will be 6-0, 220-pound sophomore running back Bryce Brown, while No 46 will be the jersey number of 6-1, 223-pound junior linebacker Arthur Brown

Products of Wichita East High School, Bryce started his career at Tennessee where he rushed for 460 yards on 101 carries and caught 10 passes for 137 yards in 2009 Arthur started his career at Miami University where he played in 23 games in 2008 and 2009 and scored a total of 17 tackles

Arthur was a Prep All-American, ranked as the No 23 player in the United States and the No 1 player in Kansas after his senior season in 2007 Bryce was listed as the No 1 running back and overall prospect in the nation after his All-American senior season in 2008

"It is quite obvious that he is a very fine player He runs well and has really good speed and is developing into a multifaceted player," said KSU coach Bill Snyder "He is improving on his blocking capabilities He can be involved in the passing game; he is proving his skills there "

On Brown's side to produce big numbers earlier than Daniel Thomas is the fact that he has always been a running back, while Thomas came to K-State as a quarterback, and, he has been in the Wildcat program for a full season on the scout squad

"When Daniel (Thomas) came during the summer, he did not have anyone to coach him during the workouts other than our players, so it was kind of a crash course for him," said Snyder

"Bryce (Brown) comes in having spent a season with us in a redshirt capacity and has learned a lot He is ahead of Daniel when Daniel started his first season, but even at that, a vast majority or Bryce's time was spent on the scout squad last year so that does limit the learning process; but he is a sharp young guy and picks it up very well "

High on his offensive teammate is freshman center B.J. Finney: "Bryce is a wonderful runner We just have to get him a crease and let him do what he does As long as we continue to improve as an offensive line, he's going to improve as a running back He can be pretty good "

While others point to Brown's speed and size as his most impressive trait, Finney says, "I like his patience We're trying to replace three spots on the line, which is not easy We're still trying to find the chemistry, but he's always telling us ‘good job ' "

On his own brother's style as a running back, Arthur Brown said, "Bryce is pretty much a complete back He is fast and he is powerful, so he can go outside or he can go inside I have played with a lot of great running backs and I consider him to be a great one "

While most are handing the starting running back position to Brown, Snyder stops short of that

"He is in a really competitive battle I really like the progress that we are making at that position," said the Wildcat coach "He is the fastest of the group and more physical than the other two at least in stature to John Hubert and Robert Rose Robert (Rose) has really come into his own, but we saw that last year when he worked on the scout team All three of them are really competitive right now "

Hubert (5-7, 182, Soph) is a product of Waco, Texas, where he broke the prep rushing records set by NFL Pro Bowler la Damian Tomlinson

Hubert rushed for 1,747 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, followed by 2,524 yards as a senior

Rose stands only 5-3 and weighs 173 pounds The sophomore is a native of Miami, Fla , where he was a 2006 All-Dade 6A-4A honorable mention pick at running back by the Miami Herald

While most are looking at Bryce Brown as the Wildcats' top dasher, the same can be said for his older brother at linebacker

Most, but not Arthur, who modestly says, "I never really look at myself as ‘the guy ' I am part of a team and we are a unit so I always put the focus on the team I know that there will be a lot of high expectations for me as well as the team, but I look forward to going out there and demonstrating what God has given me; the ability to be a good linebacker and to represent Him "

Heading into Saturday's spring game, Brown says, "All I know is that it is going to be exciting The fans bring a little bit more enjoyment to the game as well as more energy and excitement I really appreciate our fans a lot from what I have seen over the past year, so I am really looking forward to this year "

Of the Brown brothers, Snyder said, "They are quiet young guys who go about with their business and do their classroom work They do it all and do it the right way They have endeared themselves to the players and the program

"We have what I would consider to be a very tight group of players in the collective 103 players that we have in spring practice," said Snyder "I think we have grown extremely well and close together and I think they are a part of that group There is a lot of hoopla about them and they have handled that extremely well "

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH ON SATURDAY:

• 4 – Bryce Brown, 6-0, 220, Soph, RB
• 6 – Tate Snyder, 5-11, 223, Fr, LB
• 9 – Justin Tuggle, 6-3, 227, Jr, QB
• 15 – Randall Evans, 5-11, 172, Fr, DB
• 21 – Nigel Malone, 5-10, 176, Jr, DB
• 28 – Robert Rose, 5-4, 173, Soph, RB
• 29 – Tanner Burns, 6-1, 181, Jr, DB
• 46 – Arthur Brown, 6-1, 223, Jr, LB
• 63 – Marcus Heit, 6-2, 233, Soph, LS
• 66 – BJ Finney, 6-4, 297, Fr, C
• 67 – Shaun Simon, 6-0, 337, Soph, C
• 78 – Cornelius Lucas, 6-8, 331, Soph, OL

STARTING AT QB:
The quarterback rotation will start with Collin Klein, while Sammuel Lamur is No 2 and Blinn College transfer Justin Tuggle No 3

But Snyder warned, "Just about the time one steps above the other, the other one takes a lightning bolt step forward and one does something to draw himself back to the pack " In last Saturday's scrimmage, Snyder indicated that the collective quarterbacks threw for 600-plus yards, and while each QB was productive, each also had "… moments that kept them from having an outstanding scrimmage They proved to be human "

Of Klein, in particular, Snyder said, "He threw the ball with a nice touch, and put it in places to complete passes He just threw the ball better That's what I appreciated about that particular scrimmage "

DISRUPTIVE SPRING:
Without being specific, Snyder called the spring somewhat "disruptive," with some family issues involving players and coaches, plus a handful of injuries that have caused missed practices Two not being counted on due to injury on Saturday will be linebacker Alex Hrebec and safety Ty Zimmerman


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