If things play out favorably for Kansas State against South Dakota on Saturday, and the Wildcats take a large lead into the fourth quarter, odds are good backup quarterbacks Joe Hubener and Alex Delton will both get on the field.
Will that stategy change if the game is close throughout? Not necessarily.
“There is a strong possibility that they will have that opportunity,” K-State football coach Bill Snyder said Tuesday. “But not because of what you anticipate a score to be. That is not the way we are approaching it. We have certain things we want them to be able to do and we will try to give them the opportunity to do that.”
Hubener, a junior who served as the primary backup last season, and Delton, a freshman from Hays, are separated by an “OR” behind starter Jesse Ertz on K-State’s depth chart, meaning Snyder thinks they are even footing. How they perform against South Dakota could break the tie. It is also possible both quarterbacks will run their own offensive packages, such as the wildcat formation. Both quarterbacks are mobile.
Redshirt for Banks
Jonathan Banks, a junior college transfer, will sit the upcoming season out with a redshirt after finishing fourth in K-State’s quarterback competition, Snyder said. A sophomore, Banks arrived early in the summer and was unable to catch up to his teammates.
Senior offensive lineman Boston Stiverson is designated as K-State’s top left guard on the team’s depth chart, but that does not mean he will start for the Wildcats on Saturday. He was absent from K-State’s media day and open practice last month while dealing with injuries. Snyder said Stiverson is back working with the team, but did not say whether he will play against South Dakota. If he is unavailable, junior Terrale Johnson will take his place.
Depth chart surprises
Kaleb Prewett, a sophomore from Blue Springs, will start at free safety alongside Dante Barnett on Saturday. Prewett came on strong near the end of preseason practices to beat Sean Newlan for the job. Donnie Starks will replace Randall Evans as K-State’s nickelback, Snyder said, but the position is not listed on the depth chart. Linebacker Charmeachealle Moore has reclaimed a starting job after missing last season with an injury. Winston Dimel may take playing time away from Glenn Gronkowski at fullback. Gronkowski was an all-conference player last season, but Snyder said Dimel, son of offensive coordinator Dana Dimel, played exceptionally well in August.