Prince Sets Rotations

Along with trying to win games today, Kansas State coach Ron Prince is also trying to set up future wins by making early-season decisions on redshirts. Prince appears to be set on a dozen offensive linemen, and a primary rotation of five wide receivers.

Ron Prince has set rotations, he says for the rest of the year, on the offensive line and at wide receiver.

Barring a number of injuries, the Kansas State football coach announced Monday that he's pretty committed to a two-deep offensive line for the rest of the season.

The decision will put junior college transfers Wade Weibert and Zach Hanson into redshirt seasons after appearing on the depth chart last week for the North Texas game.

The two-deep look for this week has Alesana Alesana backed by Edward Prince at left tackle; Brock Unruh and Eric Benoit running 1-2 at left guard; Jordan Bedore and Zach Kendall playing at center; Gerard Spexarth and Kenneth Mayfield will play at right guard; and, Nick Stringer and Clyde Aufner at right tackle.

"Injuries will be a factor, but what you see on the depth chart is how we plan to move forward," said Prince. "Those decisions have been made and we hope to stick with that and see if we can stay healthy."

Prince appears set on a five-man rotation at wide receiver, plus a sixth in Adrian Hilburn, who will play mainly on special teams. Lamark Brown, Ernie Pierce and Deon Murphy will start games, while Brandon Banks and Aubrey Quarles will be the primary subs.

This will mean a redshirt season for juco transfer Attrail Snipes.

"We want to be smart on how we play our players," Prince said. "I wished we could have redshirted Ernie Pierce a year ago."

In each of his first two seasons, Prince yanked the redshirt-season away from players at the very end of the year. In 2006, safety Chris Carney played in his first game in Week 11 of the season against Texas, and last year it was defensive tackle Xzavier Stewart who didn't play in his first game until mid-November.

Kansas State, 1-0, will move into Chapter 2 of the 2008 season on Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. start against Montana State, a 59-3 winner over Adams State last week.

Also looking to the future, Louisville was humbled by Kentucky, 27-2, on Saturday, while Louisiana-Lafayette was smashed by Southern Mississippi, 51-21.

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