This is an easy position to evaluate. After all,
Sproles is coming off the best season in school history by a running back, the 11th best in NCAA Division I-A history with 1,986 yards. He now has 3,661 yards at K-State, also a school record. So what's ahead for this talented back that has everyone sitting on the edge of their lay-z-boys each and every game?
If you ask him, he just wants to get better and better. Can
that happen? He was fifth in the Heisman voting a year ago, runner-up for the
Doak Walker Award, and now sites just 1,628 yards behind former
And not to be a pessimist, but Sproles run could perhaps be little tougher this season, considering Ell Roberson isn't running beside him, pitching the ball to him, and putting his own fear into defenses across the country. Not having Roberson anymore, make it much easier to key on Sproles, especially considering the Wildcats have to completely unproven quarterbacks going into the season in Dylan Meier and Allan Webb. Not that they can't get the job done in time, because both might, but Sproles is going to have to carry the Cats in the beginning and that becomes much harder when he's the only true threat coming out of the backfield.
And as far as backups for Sproles, that job is wide-open
right now. Carlos Alsup looks like the obvious choice, but there is also Thomas Clayton, a transfer from
Either way, it looks to be one exciting season for the Wildcat running backs.
Running backs: A+