Snyder shakes up the depth chart for Saturday

Kansas State shakes up the depth chart for Saturday's 1:10 kickoff against Louisiana Lafayette, including changes at receiver and in the kicking game.

There were some changes to the Kansas State depth chart after the devastating loss at home to Fresno State last Saturday.

Perhaps the most notable of the changes is that junior Jesse Martinez, who had a net average last week of 31.7 yards per punt, has been bumped from the top spot. Instead freshman Tim Reyer will handle the duties this week. Against Fresno State, Reyer had one punt for 24 yards.

Reyer said he hopes that after getting into last week's game that a lot of the jitters are out of the way.

"I come from a really small school, so you can't really prepare for being out there in front of all of those people," he said Tuesday. "Right before halftime, (Bill) Snyder asked me if I was ready and I said yeah, and thought, ‘Oh man, there are a lot of people out here.' First I just wanted to catch the ball and make sure I caught it. Then I didn't really think about it, I just tried to kick it and I was still kind of surprised about all of the people and I will be more comfortable now since I know what it's like."

Also making a move up on the depth chart is the second-leading receiver from a year ago, senior Antoine Polite, who replaces sophomore speedster Yamon Figurs.

"I think it's by comparison. You say ‘here's how well this guy's playing, and here's how well this other guy's playing;' whether it's the wide receiver position, or any other position. He has just played better and practiced better. So, consequently, that's the reward. What a shame it would be to work really hard and do as well as you can and not be rewarded for it, if indeed what you do is better than your competition."

On the season, Polite has two receptions for 14 yards, while Figurs leads K-State with six receptions for 100 yards.

But despite any changes on the depth chart, whether it is from the loss or just from competition for a starting spot, Snyder said it they aren't decisions that were made to "coax" someone into playing better; they're all legitimate.

"Any changes that took place are there for a reason," he said. "The reasons are varied. Probably the commonality is that someone either performed better than someone else or someone didn't perform well enough and it's time to get someone the opportunity who has been closing the gap.

"We wouldn't move the youngster up unless he deserved it, and we wouldn't move the youngster down unless he deserved it. The depth chart is a daily thing. It's determined by performance, both on the practice field and on the game field. It can be altered at any time."

 

Notes

  • Sophomore Dylan Meier will be available to play Saturday against Louisiana Lafayette. Snyder said Meier was ready to practice Tuesday and that unless anything else came up, it is in his plan to play Meier.
  • It may not be surprising to see freshman quarterback Allan Evridge too very soon. Snyder said Tuesday that Evridge is continuing to improve with the offensive system and might be contending for some playing time very soon.

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