Dylan Meier to fill big shoes

While K-State tries to forget the ending to last season, Meier gets set to take the reins as the Wildcats' starter for the first time Saturday in the annual spring game. This sophomore quarterback and Kansas native has come a long way from his days at Pittsburg High.

Kansas State sophomore Dylan Meier had a tough task ahead of him this spring. But then again, so would any new quarterback trying to assume the reins of a team that ended last season with a loss in the biggest bowl game in school history, coupled with a sex controversy that surrounded its former starting quarterback.

Saturday, K-State will take the field for the first time since its loss in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and without Ell Roberson for the 1:10 kickoff of the Annual spring game at KSU Stadium.

Meier's spring workouts have apparently gone a long way in erasing the memories leftover from January.

"I think we've been pleased with the ability of Dylan Meier to step in and accept the leadership role, as well as the performance role of the quarterback position," Coach Bill Snyder said at the weekly press conference. "He's really proven to all of us that he is on his way to becoming a very viable part of our offense."

Meier, who was 5-of-8 for 78 yards with two interceptions last season, has been hard at work to find his comfort zone in what some have said is one of the most difficult offenses to learn.

"Football is a game of comfort, especially at the quarterback position," Meier said. "Once you're out of that comfort zone, it seems like things come at you at a 100 miles per hour. At times it will, and you will not be comfortable in all situations. When you go down to College Station (Tex.), it's not exactly going to be comfortable for a quarterback. But that's what I love about it."

But filling the shoes of Roberson, perhaps K-State's most successful quarterback, can get overwhelming, Meier said.

"It does, but that's also the beauty of it," he said. "That's what I strive for, to get myself better in key situations as a quarterback. It somewhat overwhelms you at first, but I'm starting to get used to it and get a good feel for it."

Though no quarterback has officially been named next season's starter, Meier is on his way according to his former high school coach Merle Clark, who coaches the youngest of the Meier brothers, Kerry, a junior quarterback at Pittsburg High. Sophomore Allen Webb, a transfer from Indiana, and both freshman Allan Evridge and Nick Patton will also be competing for the job.

"I know Dylan and that he's capable of doing great things there," Clark said. "He's done well with competition and K-State offense. From what I've heard he has a good handle of their offense after redshirting and then working in a few games last year."

Meier attributes his early success to the experience he's gained watching Roberson and from the work this system, getting the majority of the snaps this spring for the first time.

"I think experience and reps have helped me out," said Meier, who had 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries last season. "My improvement has come through opportunity, and I think striving for that opportunity is what has gotten me over the hump. I think it's the experience factor, I really do. Just going out there and seeing the whole picture is what I think is really important for a quarterback."

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