(1) Quarterback, quarterback, and quarterback… again?
For the second week in a row,
However, it will be a much different story against
Meier will have to do what he did last week—not lose the game. He doesn't have to be Ell Roberson to win the game. All this inexperienced quarterback needs to do is not screw up. He's part of a machine, an offensive unit with many talented stars and capable players. As long he realizes that and lets others make plays too, he should be just fine
K-State has a real problem at linebacker right now. Marvin Simmons was supposed to start last week, but he didn't. He didn't even breathe one play. Ted Sims is still hurt and isn't projected to play this week either.
Instead, the defensive unit marched out Sean Lowe and
Maurice Thurmond. That's okay, but that's not Simmons and Sims. The only real
proven linebacker, who was actually moved from the outside to the middle, is
Matt Butler. Its
As for Simmons, nobody knows. He's not in the good graces of the coaching staff at the moment, but might see some snaps this weekend. It's time for the potential everyone has talked about with Simmons to actually show up and do something. Until K-State gets the trio it wants out there, the linebacker position can be a real liability—especially while still trying to find the right pieces to replace Josh Buhl and Bryan Hickman.
(3) Will Darren Sproles have to carry the ball 42 times again?
I sure hope Sproles doesn't have to run the ball as many
times as he did against
A lot of the pressure can be taken off of Sproles by what
Meier is able to do in the passing game. With a balanced attack, Sproles won't
have to be relied on to literally carry K-State's offense on his back. Though I
like to see Sproles get the carries too, remember he is always one play from
not playing the rest of the season and I'd hate for that to happen against a
(4) Offensive line, maybe?
Though they put together a great game against WKU, they'll
have to do it again and maybe even better this weekend. I hate to even address
the offensive line as an area of question after the performance last week,
especially by first-time starters Malcolm Wooldridge and Michael Weiner, but I
don't want them getting comfortable on the mountain top just yet. That was one
game and they'll see a much more aggressive, speedy defensive front line this
(5) Kicking game?
There is no room for mistakes in the kicking game this week. Punter Jesse Martinez can change this game with some good punts, especially in holding a high-octane offense on its own side of the field.
The same goes for Joe Rheem. He cannot miss any kicks. Every single scoring opportunity is most important for K-State. After all, the Cats had the offensive yards last week, but not many points. If that keep-away, dominate the clock, but not score many points style is used again, Rheem will have to be perfect in his scoring opportunities. He's come a long way since his early days of missing extra points and now as a senior, he'll have to step it up even more. Other than Sproles, Rheem's leg could be one heck of an offensive threat this season.