Bring It On! - Let The Season Begin

The 2008 Kansas State football team opens Saturday at 6:05 with North Texas serving as the opponent. The Wildcats will be trying to improve on a 5-7 season last year, and the Mean Green hopes to improve on a 2-10 year.

It's here … the 113th all-time season of Kansas State football.

The 2008 opener will be celebrated Saturday at 6:05 p.m. when the Wildcats play host to North Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Along with welcoming the 2008 Wildcats, K-State fans will also be cheering the second class of the Ring of Honor – David Allen, Mark Simoneau, Martin Gramatica and Terence Newman – plus other members of the 1998 football team will be on hand.

What the current-day Wildcat coaches will be hoping for is a team that plays with the same efficiency as that unit of 10 years ago. That starts at quarterback with junior Josh Freeman.

"We talk about being efficient all the time. That's our goal," said quarterback coach Warren Ruggiero. "Being efficient can be throwing that 45 yard pass to an open receiver, or the five-yarder to the proper spot where our receiver can run for yards after the catch."

A number to keep in mind this season is eight to nine yards.

"If our quarterbacks can average eight or nine yards per attempt, that means they're doing a good job," Ruggiero said.

That, and have a completion percentage of at least 65 percent.

New offensive coordinator Dave Brock
added, "We're going to be multiple and try to do what we do best. We're going to play with an attack mentality and will be very aggressive."

Kansas State will line up in more plays than not in a 3-4 defensive look, but coordinator Tim Tibesar says he wants the Wildcats to be as multiple as the offenses they face.

"People don't ask about offenses any more because they're multiple. We want our defense to be multiple," Tibesar said. "What we're preaching is not the scheme, but it's beating blocks, it's tackling, it's ball disruption and it's hitting the quarterback."

This will be KSU's 113th year of football. In those years, it's posted a 3-1 record against North Texas, and a 12-1 mark against teams from the Sun Belt Conference.

The North Texas Mean Green went just 2-10 last year, allowing at least 30 points in 10 of the 12 games played.

Alesana Alesana (LT) is doubtful for the game, and Deon Murphy (WR) is questionable. Murphy, however, said, "I'm playing."

Returnee Brooks Rossman will again be KSU's point-kicker, plus will handle kick-offs this season.

Winning the punting job is Tyler (Texas) Community College transfer George Pierson.

Three members of the 2008 recruiting class will get starts in linebacker Ulla Pomele, cornerback Blair Irvin and running back Keithen Valentine.

Also starting will be 2007 transfer Olu Hall at linebacker. Hall played in 2005 at Virginia.

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