Meier named Kansas State's starting quarterback

Though he never fell from atop the depth chart throughout spring and summer workouts, sophomore Dylan Meier was named K-State's starting quarterback Monday for the season-opening game against Western Kentucky Saturday night.

It became official Monday—Dylan Meier will be the season opening starting quarterback against Western Kentucky Saturday night.

Though Meier never strayed from atop the depth chart since the end of spring practices, the battle over the summer with fellow sophomore Allen Webb for the job has made them both better quarterbacks.

"I just want to keep getting better," Meier said Tuesday at the first weekly press conference of the season. "As a quarterback, the bottom line is to keep getting better, make plays, and go out there and show what you can do."

As for Webb, despite being No. 2 right now, he thinks he'll still get the chance to play and improve as a leader on the field.

 "I feel like I will still get a chance to play, at least that is what I would like," he said.  "Although we're in a competition, Dylan is still my teammate and I wish the best for him. As long as he leads the team to victory, that's alright. I'll still be there if he goes down or whatever the case may be. I'll be prepared to take the team to victory also. He is just a real smart, talented guy, he's just been doing everything right and you can't knock him for that. But at the same time I just have to keep improving myself and just get better everyday."

For most of the spring and summer, the biggest knock on Webb was his lack of knowledge and experience with the playbook. Meier had last season to get accustomed to college football, though just attempting eight passes all year.

"I think the thing I have to improve on is maybe doing everything quicker at the line, based on the fact that you have the 25 second play clock right in front of you and that's going against you," said Webb, who sat out last season after transferring from Indiana.  "I've been making great strides and I think I know it really well. But I always am learning more and getting better. I feel like this is a complex offense, and you could run a play in like nine different formations, it would be the same play. You could do so many things with the same play so it's pretty complex."

And though the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks have been determined for now, there's still the issue of the No. 3. That honor goes to Allan Evridge, a 6-foot-1 210 pound true-freshman from Nebraska. However, the decision to redshirt Evridge or not has not been made just yet, though its looking like he will play at some point this season.

"It's pretty hard to redshirt a number three quarterback," K-State head coach Bill Snyder said. "It could be somewhat of a difficult decision to make depending on how much experience you want him to have. We will be prepared to make the decision about whether or not to use the red-shirt. In all likelihood, he will play. I think his grasp of what we are doing is a little ahead of what we thought it would be."

While many have said K-State's offense is one of the most challenging for quarterbacks to learn and considering the Wildcats have two sophomores and a freshman it would be natural to think K-State might go through some different growing pains this season. But according to Snyder, what his threesome of signal callers are going through now is not much different than what many other quarterbacks in other programs go through as well.

"I'm sure it is more complex than some, but I would doubt that it's more complex than most," he said. "I would think that whatever the complexities are of playing the quarterback position at a young age at K-State are, are pretty similar to most other schools. I often hear about the complexities of our offense. I don't think our offense is any more complex than anyone else. It may be perceived that way, but I don't think that's true. I don't think you see a lot of other freshman quarterbacks across the country. I may be wrong about that, but I don't think that's the case. It's a unique position. It's not easy under the best of circumstances. I would suggest that for a young guy it is difficult to come right in and learn it. Maybe it would be better to compare our team to others that utilize their quarterback the way we do."

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