Snyder: Meier is still maturing into leader

Despite Meier's decision to not to start Saturday against Kansas, his second half performance was a big step in the maturation process, according to Snyder.

So, it seems the hoopla surrounding sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier's decision to pull himself out of the starting lineup at the last minute might be coming to an end.

However, despite whatever kind of spin the Kansas State coaches and Meier are putting on the situation, it's safe to say Meier will start against Oklahoma.

Despite feeling unable to go just minutes before kickoff, Meier still managed to pass for 249 yards and lead K-State to two scoring drives in the first half Saturday.

He said it's all part of the learning process, how to be a college quarterback.

"It all unfolded so quickly and when I decided I couldn't go, that was the decision that was made," he said. "Like I said, this is a learning process, and you live and learn. Sometimes the mind can be a powerful thing. I learned that, and I'm ready to go out there and do it again."

As far as his health now, Meier said, "My body feels ten times better than what it did last week. It was a tough week on me, both physically and mentally. I was awful confused at times, both physically and mentally. At this moment I feel ten times better and ten times more confident."

Most of the criticism of Meier's decision is that he isn't tough enough at quarterback. It was something that was never said of Ell Roberson, who played through a shoulder injury for most of last season.

With Meier, nobody was even able to iron out what exactly the injury was; being that he didn't miss time in his previous outing at Texas A&M and reports that he had practiced all week prior to the game at Kansas.

Snyder said he doesn't feel comfortable comparing Meier's injury to the injuries of other K-State quarterbacks, but that Meier took a major step Saturday by entering the game and playing through whatever was bothering him.

"It's not that he's not a grown up and mature young guy, but I think he just took another step forward in regards to his approach to the game, attitude towards it and his toughness," he said. "I saw that happen before my eyes and I appreciate that a great deal and he understands that. As far as comparing his injury issues with (Michael) Bishop, Roberson or whoever, I don't know. You probably have to be there and feel the pain that goes along with it to really know."


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