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Alex Delton adds new quarterback element to Kansas State’s offense

K-State quarterback Alex Delton prepares to fire off a long pass during the spring game in April.
K-State quarterback Alex Delton prepares to fire off a long pass during the spring game in April. The Wichita Eagle

Don’t be surprised if Kansas State uses more than one quarterback against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Though Jesse Ertz is fresh off his best two games of the season, he didn’t handle every snap in them. Backup quarterback Joe Hubener closed out a win against Texas and redshirt freshman Alex Delton saw a handful of snaps against Iowa State.

There is a decent chance Delton’s role grows this week, given K-State coach Bill Snyder liked what he did as a change-of-pace player against the Cyclones.

“We really didn’t get to the full package with him that’s available and the things that we feel awfully good about him doing,” Snyder said. “It’s not like he can’t handle the entire package. We just condensed it.”

Delton saw action before and after halftime, leading a wildcat-type package. He ran for 11 yards on four attempts without attempting a pass. Perhaps his playbook will expand against the Cyclones.

K-State has experimented with many wildcat packages this season, with running back Charles Jones, fullback Winston Dimel and quarterbacks Delton and Hubener taking the snaps. In preseason practices, receiver Byron Pringle and running back Dalvin Warmack also saw reps.

Delton provides the most upside between the 20s, because of his arm.

“He is a good passer,” K-State running back Justin Silmon said. “He hasn’t thrown much in games yet, but we all have confidence in him.”

Delton has played sparingly since joining K-State last year out of Hays. He saw brief action as a true freshman, but injured his knee in the second game and sat out the season with a redshirt. He now serves as the third-string quarterback, playing exclusively at the end of blowouts before Saturday.

But he has the tools to be an effective quarterback. He is one of the fastest players on K-State’s roster, and appears capable of putting his dual-threat skills to good use.

“I have never lacked trust in his capabilities,” Snyder said.

Oklahoma State defenders will need to be wary of Delton’s presence on Saturday.

“It’s not a matter of him showing what he can do,” Snyder said. “The purpose is to try to be productive and win ballgames. He has some capabilities, and you would like to be able to get him on the field.”

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

No. 22 Oklahoma State at Kansas State

  • When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan
  • Records: OSU 6-2, 4-1 Big 12; KSU 5-3, 3-2
  • Radio: KQAM, 1480-AM, 102.5-FM; KWLS, 107.9-FM
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GOING BOWLING: Odds are good K-State will qualify for its seventh straight bowl game, but the Wildcats can end all doubt with a win on Saturday. At 5-3, they are one win away from obtaining bowl eligibility. A victory would also vault them into the conference championship picture.

TOP 25 DROUGHT: It’s been a while since K-State defeated a ranked opponent. Its last win over a top 25 opponent came on the road against No. 11 Oklahoma in 2014. Its last home victory over a top-25 team was 2012 against No. 23 Texas.

BARRY J. SANDERS: The son of Hall of Fame running back (and OSU alum) Barry Sanders, a Wichita native, will take the field for Oklahoma State. Barry J. Sanders has amassed 276 total yards this season as a running back and kick returner. He is in his final season after transferring from Stanford.

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