MANHATTAN — Stanton Weber will help his football team by doing more than catching passes this season.
But his additional contributions won't involve playing a second position.
Instead of doubling as a defensive back or kick returner, Weber, a Kansas State freshman, plans on occasionally taking his talents off the field and into the press box as a member of the Wildcats' radio team.
"It will be fun to have him in there with us," said Weber's father Stan, a former K-State quarterback and current analyst. "He's been helping us out for four years as a spotter, and I'm sure he's looking forward to helping us a little longer."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound former Bishop Miege standout — who has not been made available for media interviews — will still dress and stand on the sideline during home games, but as a walk-on stepping in at a deep position it's unlikely he will make the Wildcats' traveling roster.
That means he will have five free Saturdays this fall.
Rather than staying home and watching K-State's road games on television, he will travel with his father and continue helping play-by-play man Wyatt Thompson as an extra set of eyes that identifies opposing tacklers and other players on the field.
Not a bad way to stay close to the action.
"It's good for us, too, because we're familiar with him and he does such a good job," Stan Weber said. "He got to the point last year where I didn't even realize he was in there with us. He's got everything down."
He isn't expected to be in the booth when K-State takes on Miami, Texas or Texas Tech, because his father will travel with the team on a chartered flight to those games. But he will likely make the trip for closer road games against Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Whatever he can do to help. That attitude is a main reason why he chose to come to K-State. As a high school senior who played quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver, he received several scholarship offers from small schools in the region. But before seriously looking into them, he reached out to Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.
When Snyder told Weber he could play as a walk-on, Weber's recruitment came to a screeching halt. Coaches from Division II schools tried to sway him, but his mind was made up. He was committed to K-State, where he could contribute in multiple areas as a freshman.
"He's been around Kansas State his whole life," Stan Weber said. "Whenever he hasn't been up there with us on the radio, he's been using our season tickets, sitting behind the goal post with his family. This is where he always wanted to play. He's thrilled to be out here with the team in fall camp, helping in any way he can."