Kansas State University

Initial K-State depth chart reveals Horton freshman is a starter

K-State players wait to take the field before the 2015 season opener against South Dakota.
K-State players wait to take the field before the 2015 season opener against South Dakota. The Wichita Eagle

Trey Dishon, a redshirt freshman from Horton, will open the season as a starter on Kansas State’s defensive line.

The Wildcats released their first public depth chart on Tuesday, and Dishon’s presence at defensive tackle was among the biggest surprises. Dishon will play his first college football game Friday at Stanford, replacing former standout Travis Britz in the middle of K-State’s front four.

He will start alongside Will Geary and defensive ends Jordan Willis and Tanner Wood, from Conway Springs, or Reggie Walker.

K-State's Bill Snyder says the Wildcats are especially young, maybe the youngest roster he has led into a season-opener as he prepares for the Wildcats' first game at Stanford Friday evening.

Other new starting names on K-State’s defense include D.J. Reed at defensive back. The junior-college transfer beat California transfer Cedric Dozier at cornerback. He will start opposite sophomore Duke Shelley.

On offense, Charles Jones was named the starter at running back. The senior won over Justin Silmon. Dalvin Warmack and Alex Barnes were also in the mix, but neither ball-carrier made the two-deep.

Jesse Ertz was named K-State’s starting quarterback on Monday, but it remains unclear whether Joe Hubener or Alex Delton will serve as his backup. The depth chart indicates both players are on even footing behind Ertz.

K-State’s starting offensive line will be Scott Frantz at left tackle, Tyler Mitchell at left guard, Reid Najvar at center, Terrale Johnson at right guard and Dalton Risner at right tackle.