Waiting in the Wing

Red-shirt Freshman Allan Evridge played last week and since that time has become a fan favorite. Should Webb stumble this week, many are left to wonder if Evridge will step in. Coach Snyder addressed the issue of starter this week and had this to say about playing time for Evridge....

It's pretty certain that Allen Webb will get the start Saturday morning when Kansas State hosts Kansas at KSU Stadium, but coach Bill Snyder also said, ''It's tightened up considerably.''

The question posed was whether the separation had narrowed between Webb, the starter, and Allan Evridge, the backup quarterback.

''He's been persistent and gained considerable knowledge,'' Snyder said of the 6-1, 210-pound freshman. ''More importantly, he's retained knowledge, and a step above that, he then executes it with maybe not as many repetitions on the practice field as we would like a quarterback on the field to have.''

Evridge quarterbacked the final eight minutes ... two series ... in Saturday's 43-21 loss at Oklahoma. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 49 yards, plus rushed once for a negative-1 yard.

On his first possession, he took the Wildcats 65 yards in five plays, which included completions of 13yards to Davin Dennis, 11 to Rashaad Norwood and 25 to Jordy Nelson before Ayo Saba scored the 1-yard touchdown.

''His game wasn't perfect, and he still has a ways to go, but there was a presence about him,'' Snyder said.

As for Webb working on a shorter leash Saturday against Kansas, Snyder said something like that is not determined during the week.

''When you've done this a long time (coach), you get a feel for it,'' Snyder said. ''Sometimes the feels right, sometimes it isn't; sometimes the decision you make is right, sometimes it isn't.''

Against the Sooners, Webb completed just 11 of 23 passes for 177 yards and two scores, but was also sacked five times.

Tickets available: 2,200 tickets remain: As of Tuesday, Kansas State still had 2,200 tickets available for Saturday's game with the Kansas Jayhawks.

The seats are located in the folding chairs (1,600) in the north end zone, plus 600 scattered in the lower areas of the south end zone.

Avoiding 0-2: With a loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener, K-State will be trying to avoid its fourth 0-2 start in the last five years — 2001, 2003, 2004.

Last year, the 'Cats lost to Texas A&M and Kansas; in 2003, it was Texas and Oklahoma State; and in 2001, Oklahoma and Colorado.

It should be noted that in 2003, the Wildcats rallied to win their final six Big 12 games, and eventually the Big 12 title over Oklahoma.

No depth chart: Taking a chapter out of the K-State playbook earlier this season, KU coach Mark Mangino does not allow a depth chart to be a part of the Jayhawks' weekly release.

Big 12 schedules right: The 12 teams of the Big 12 Conference posted a 31-5 (.861) winning mark against non-conference opponents this year.

That led all leagues as the Big Ten went 27-6 (.818), the SEC (19-6 (.760), the Pac 10 21-7 (.750), the ACC 18-6 (.750) and the Big East 17-12 (.586).

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