Meier or Webb, take your pick

Both Dylan Meier and Allen Webb had good performances in K-State's annual spring game, which could make for a quarterback controversy in the fall.

Kansas State looks to have the early making of a quarterback controversy brewing after the annual spring game today at KSU Stadium.

Both Dylan Meier and Allen Webb looked impressive, passing for 176 and 140 yards, respectively. Meier, in his first showing as the Wildcats' No. 1 quarterback, was 13-of-32 with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Brian Casey in the second quarter. Webb, a transfer from Indiana, was 12-of-24. Neither tossed an interception in the game, which the Purple squad won 27-3.

"Allen in the first half was good," Coach Bill Snyder said. "He moved around and scrambled. He has good feet. He threw the ball well and was relatively accurate in the first half. He managed the team well. Dylan didn't do anything earth-shattering. He had no interceptions. He didn't put the ball on the ground. In the second half, he managed the game well. He had some near misses on open throws that could have changed the outcome of the game."

But one thing about the quarterbacks was evident to Snyder, who once had a quarterback controversy with Ell Roberson and Marc Dunn.

"It's not a knee-jerk reaction," Snyder said of his looming decision to be made this fall. "This says this can be a competitive position. One will play, which one remains to be seen, but one will be our quarterback."

Other parts of the game didn't go so well for the Wildcats, like special teams, which bumbled and fumbled snaps and holds. On the day, the kickers were 3-of-7 on field goals, including a missed 60-yard attempt by Joe Rheem, who was 1-of-3.

"I'm concerned about our specialists," Snyder said. "We couldn't snap, hold or kick. It hasn't been a cause for concern over the course of the spring. Prior to today, Joe hit the ball well. The timing wasn't there. Our snaps have been far better. Our holds have been far better. Our punting could be better. I was disappointed in how our specialists performed."

The running backs performed well, highlighted by a 13-carry 109 yard performance, including a 56-yard scoring run from Donnie Anders. Carlos Alsup had 59 yards on 13 carries, while Ayo Saba contributed 51 on five carries. Florida State transfer Thomas Clayton ran seven times for 39 yards. Victor Mann, who scored from one yard out, had 28 yards on eight carries.

Thomas Hammond, Tony Madison, and Marcus Watts all had four receptions. But perhaps the receiving highlight of the afternoon came from Garden City Community College transfer receiver Yamon Figurs, who pulled in a 59-yard catch from Meier in the third quarter.

Fellow juco transfer Jesse Martinez led K-State in punting with seven attempts for a 31.6 yard average, including three inside the 20-yard line.

The defense was led by defensive tackle Jermaine Berry with eight tackles. Quintin Echols and Kevin Huntley each had seven tackles. All three also had one sack apiece.

"It was a good game for the defense," Berry said. "The offense had some troubles, but it is like every offense, they'll have some ups and downs. As long as the defense stays solid, we'll pretty much have their backs.

 "It's not easy for anyone to come in and fill those shoes," he added. "It was kind of bumpy at first but now we're starting to gel with the linebackers. It's starting to click and we are getting that ‘lynch mob' mentality back."

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