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Wildcats optimistic about the 2014 season after being picked third in the Big 12

Every day, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder’s optimism about the 2014 changes a little bit. Based on the way his team ended the 2013 season, there should be a lot to look forward to this year.

The Wildcats won six of their final seven games with the only loss coming to Oklahoma, which will play Kansas State on Oct. 18. Last year was a learning year for senior quarterback Jake Waters, but this season, the outlook is much better.

“Jake is one of those young guys that has a tremendous value system,” said Snyder, whose team was picked to finish third in the conference this season by the media. “He’s a young guy that understands what our program is truly all about. He’s a young guy that works diligently to improve his plight in life and on the football field on a very regular daily basis.”

Waters threw just nine interceptions on 260 attempts last year while totaling 24 touchdowns. He’ll need to grow up fast this season as Kansas State faces national runner-up Auburn in the third game of the season.

“The way that our young people finished the season allowed them to understand the value of not taking anything for granted because they certainly didn’t toward the end of the season,” Snyder said.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

48 - the number of coaches at other schools in the Big 12 since Snyder was first hired to lead the Wildcats in 1989. … 36 -the number of Big 12 Conference road victories by Kansas State, ranking third all-time within the league. …13 - Bill Snyder has led Kansas State to an 8-win season 13 different times. … 77 - Former JuCo players accounted for 77 starts last season for Kansas State, including a quartet of 13-game starters.


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