Senior wide-out Aubrey Quarles had a breakout year last year for Kansas State on offense. Quarles put up solid numbers and lead the Wildcat Offense in many statically categories such as: receiving yardage (760 yards), receiving touchdowns (7) and catches (51).
Although there were other more highly touted wide outs on campus with names like Chris Harper and Brodrick Smith, Quarles literally took advantage of every opportunity given to him when Tramaine Thompson and Brodrick Smith went down with injuries midway through the KSU season.
Showcasing his skill set with both his speed on the outside and ability to separate from defenders at the line, Aubrey paced the Wildcat offense and allowed the passing game to go vertical with over the top scores.
Putting up 100 yard games plus at times throughout the second half of the season against teams like Baylor and Missouri - Quarles also gave the 'Cats a star on special teams and a guy that could go the distance every time an opposing team kicked to him.
Aubrey Quarles afforded the offense the ability to pick up first downs with both his speed and sure hands. Not the biggest of targets, Quarles excelled in getting off the line of scrimmage and running precise routes and proved time and again to be the go-to guy in the passing game. He will be sorely missed next year as Aubrey played his last game in a KSU Purple and White uniform in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
If the Wildcat offense is to regain its' air attack, it is going to need to find a suitable replacement for now departed senior Aubrey Quarles. And so now this Kansas State team has out help wanted signs and it will be interesting who steps up from this squad to replace Quarles and his offensive production.
The 'Cats only recruited a few wide outs with this last recruiting class. It seems rather unlikely that a true freshman will be able to step right in and give them same offensive firepower. That leaves Kansas State to look for players already on campus and within the program to fill the now vacant position.
With Tramaine Thompson, Brodrick Smith and Chris Harper all back and an infusion of JUCO players like talented Sheldon Smith, the Wildcat cupboard is certainly not bare - it is just who wants most to step up and take the position. Place your bet- who is it going to be?