Allan Evridge Looks to make his Mark
Allan Evridge Looks to make his Mark
by Sean Kelly
With the graduation of Ell Roberson, arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever don the Purple and White- the Cats looked to replenish the ranks at the quarterback position and went out and signed standout quarterback Allan Evridge to a letter of intent. Getting him to Manhattan is a story all unto itself as the Cats out recruited and outworked the Cornhuskers for his signature. Ranked as a two star prospect and the #66 quarterback in the country, this freshman rolled up 427 yards of total offense per game as a senior in high school.
Evridge, who hails from Papillion-La Vista Senior HS, is the sole quarterback from the 2004 class to make it to campus. Spurning his home state of Nebraska and switching his verbal commitment from the Huskers to Kansas State, Evridge says he has not looked back and is looking to make his mark with the Cats.
"Kansas State is really where my heart was at and I am just happy to be here (Manhattan). I mean I do not want to take anything away from Nebraska but this is where I was meant to be."
At roughly 6'1 and a little over 200 pounds with 4.5 speed, Allan is a versatile QB that gives the Cats numerous options in both the passing and the running game. Having the speed and mobility that Head Coach Bill Snyder covets, Evridge fits very well within the Wildcat offensive scheme. As he has been known to do in the past, Coach Snyder will look to create offense around the skill set of his signal callers within his system.
"I am very athletic and I can do both (run and pass). I am pretty mobile and I can also throw the ball and move around out of the pocket out there and make things happen. If I need to pick up the first down and run it I can and I can hit the open receiver too."
Allan has both the speed and the ability to tuck the ball and pick up yards taking broken plays and turning them into positive yardage with is 4.5 speed.
"Yea I would say 4.5 is accurate. I think my speed is one of my better weapons and allows me to make plays."
On opening day, the Cats will have one of sophomores Allen Webb or Dylan Meier under center running the offense- but that does not bother Evridge one bit.
"The Coaches were very upfront with me when I was being recruited. They told me they were going to take two quarterbacks, maybe three in the class so they were very honest with me. Having those two ahead of me (Meier and Webb) is a good thing for me. I mean right now I am trying to learn from those guys and learn the offense. The college game is different and right now I am just trying to adjust to everything going on."
Evridge's performance is already grabbing attention and was one of the more talked about topics at K-State's annual Media Day events.
"Allan is a young guy coming in and is doing really well for us. Right now he is just learning and making the adjustment but already his is doing really well and picking things up. He is already doing some things really well and has had a couple good showings" said co-offensive coordinator Greg Peterson.
Going into fall practices, Dylan Meier and Allen Webb are entrenched as the sole heirs to replace Ell Roberson at quarterback and Coach Snyder has made mention that he will not name a starting quarterback until he feels comfortable. The quarterback position will be hotly contested through fall practices leading up to the opening game with Western Kentucky September 4th. Given the luxury of having two quarterbacks who could assume the reins of the Wildcat offense while the other plays spot duty- Evridge looks to red-shirt this year and learn Coach Snyder's offense. If performance is any indicator, Evridge is already a bright star in the making, already turning heads in practices and showing the abilities that brought him to Kansas State.
Given the depth at the quarterback position, Evridge is in an ideal situation. Allan has the luxury of time to learn Coach Snyder's offensive scheme, the playbook and its nuances watching Webb and Meier as examples and adjusting to the speed of the college game. With everyone that we spoke with, Evridge is already ahead of the game and it is only a matter of time before he contends for playing time in the future.
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