KSU Offense: What To Look For

A look at the Kansas State offense:

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The Wildcats basically run a Power-I, option attack but are considered a multiple offense. KSU has scored 39 touchdowns in their first five games (three home games against directional schools helped), more than any other Division I-A school except for North Carolina State (43). KSU leads the nation with their 9.38 touchdown percentage (TDs per attempt).

Here's to you, Mister Roberson! Signal caller Ell Roberson is an option quarterback who mixes in the kind of draw plays that have given Texas fits this season. The 6-1, 190-pound junior from Baytown, Texas is the fifth-ranked Division I-A rushing quarterback (87.2 ypg). Roberson is also a deep ball threat and leads the nation in passing efficiency (55-of-96 for 960 yards, 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions). He was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection by coaches after leading the team in total offense (149.8 ypg) during his sophomore season.

He's only gotten better, according to Mack Brown.

"Ell Roberson is probably the most improved player in our league," Brown said. "He's running the ball well.

"It looks like Michael Bishop is quarterback."

At 5-7, sophomore RB Darren Sproles "is the same size as Quentin (Griffin), which is not good," Brown said. Sproles leads the team in all-purpose yards (128.2), including an average of 99 on the ground and an 11.2 punt return average. He has had back-to-back century games (the first of his career) with 130 yards against OSU and 135 against Colorado (aided by an 80-yard scoring burst). Sproles' career best against the Buffs was overshadowed by Roberson sprinting for 178 yards on the ground.

"If you don't stop the run and the option, you're going to get beat. Period." Brown said.

FB Danny Morris (a load at 6-4, 240) has scored four times this season: two rushing touchdowns and two more on blocked punts returned for scores.

The Wildcats leading catcher in receiving yards-per-game (66.5) and total receiving yards (399) is senior WR Taco Wallace (God help us if Texas gets torched by a kid named Taco). Wallace (6-1, 190) is typical of the Bill Snyder system that injects the team with junior college transfers and is the only Wildcat with at least one catch in all six games this season.


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