K-State moving in right direction

Okay, K-State can run the football. The Wildcats proved that with the 393 yards on the ground they rolled up last week. But in the two weeks K-State has to prepare for the Big 12 opener at Texas A&M, the focus turns to the total package, and according to Dylan Meier, they're headed in the right direction.

A lot of the issues that plagued Kansas State against Fresno State two weeks ago were ironed out in last week's win over Louisiana Lafayette, but there is still some real uncertainty at some spots heading into the Wildcats' Big 12 opener at Texas A&M.

K-State's ability to run for 393 yards a week ago, including a school-record 292 from senior running back Darren Sproles, was quite the rebound from its 59 yard effort in the loss.

And though sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier was quite efficient in the passing game, it's not a facet of the offense that K-State can honestly hang its hat on yet.

"I think it will come along," said Meier, who was 7-of-10 for 52 yards and one touchdown passing last week. "Sooner or later, we are really are going to need to throw the ball a lot. I'm ready for it, and so are the receivers. There is a rhythm that we have in going through practice, and I feel real confident with all of them. They are sure-handed guys, and we need to get the ball into their hands a little more."

But sophomore running back Thomas Clayton said he thinks last weeks' effort was a step in the right direction to get the offense up to full speed.

"I think that we are starting to gel more as a unit," said Clayton, who had 58 yards rushing against ULL. "I think the more that we get into the season and the more games we play, we are going to keep improving."

As a whole, though it might appear that the Wildcats are still looking for leaders at a couple positions four weeks into the regular season, Coach Bill Snyder said it isn't necessarily the case.

"We're just trying to keep it as competitive as we can," he said. "I guess maybe yes and no is the answer, and that creates some uncertainty if you're trying to make it competitive. There is some progress yet to be made and there are some positions that are still very competitive. We'd like for all of them to be competitive. There are some positions that are competitive enough that there is some uncertainty as to who would be the starter when we get to game time."

The defensive side of the ball continues to be where the majority of the position battles are found.

Part of that is due to the absence of junior Ted Sims at linebacker, forcing junior Matt Butler to play out of position at the middle spot and thus thrusting a revolving door of linebackers to fill Butler's spot.

"He's not on there right now, and as I've said, virtually every week, I would like to believe that he will be ready for this ballgame," Snyder said. "There's no indication at this point in time that that is a certainty."


Wildcat Notes:

  • Junior Marvin Simmons, who has been in the headlines this early season with off-the-field issues, has worked his way back to the starting spot on the depth chart, which might indicate that the linebacker group is headed in the right direction. Sophomore Brandon Archer is manning the other outside spot right now.
  • One cornerback position is still uncertain against Texas A&M. Both seniors Cedrick Williams and Louis Lavender are listed at the starting spot.
  • True freshman punter Tim Reyer is also maintaining his starting spot after unseating junior college transfer Jesse Martinez after the Fresno State loss.
  • Tony Madison and Davin Dennis are in the same position as the corner spot; both being listed as possible starters against the Aggies.
  • Sophomore Maurice Mack and senior Marcus Patton are also still battling it out for the next start.

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