It’s time for another K-State Q&A.
Let’s get straight to your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.
After speaking with Dana Dimel and Del Miller, K-State’s co-offensive coordinators, in San Antonio I expect Joe Hubener to start at quarterback next season. Coaches will give Jesse Ertz and incoming freshman Alex Delton a fair shot at the job, but Hubener has a big lead over both of them.
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Though Bazooka Joe, as fans have begun calling him, played only in garbage time behind Jake Waters, he was a garbage-time hero, piling up 371 yards of total offense and scoring four touchdowns. There’s no telling how easy or difficult it will be for the former walk-on from Cheney to adjust and make plays with the game on the line, but his coaches have confidence in him. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he is not afraid to run and Dimel said he throws the ball harder than any quarterback he can remember. Miller said K-State could have won with him this season.
The transition will be fascinating, because quarterback isn’t the only position that will look different next season. Without Curry Sexton and Tyler Lockett, K-State’s passing game takes an enormous hit. Out of necessity, K-State may lean toward its running game next season. And that’s not desirable considering it averaged 142.8 rushing yards this year.
For starters, I’m going with Hubener and Jones. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Delton and Warmack play next season. Coaches have said Warmack played well on the scout team this season and should complement Jones in K-State’s backfield next season. Delton is talented enough to play right away, but he faces the daunting task of learning Bill Snyder’s offense as a freshman. And rookies rarely play at K-State. Still, if he progresses well during spring practices he could compete for playing time or see the field as a wildcat quarterback.
If his foot ever heals to the point where he can walk without a boot, he would be a solid addition to the defensive line. He played there in high school, after all. But I’ve got a feeling Bruce Weber will want him in the paint as soon as he’s ready. The Wildcats sure could use him down low this season.
Rapid fire. I like it.
The League, Knocked Up, Tin Cup, refillable popcorn bucket with self-serve butter and the 7-iron.
Bill Snyder told reporters in Dallas today that he intends to coach at K-State in 2015. I’m not sure that needed to be said, but it removes all doubt that he will walk away this offseason. My own humble opinion is that Snyder will coach for as long as his health allows. Remember, this is a guy that asked to return to K-State days after he retired in 2005.
I don’t see Weber going anywhere anytime soon, either. I understand fans are frustrated with the basketball team’s 8-7 start, but Weber is not on the hot seat. He is 55-28 with a conference championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances at K-State. And athletic director John Currie has twice extended his contract, which includes a $2.5 million buyout. The baseball team recently went from first to last in the Big 12, yet K-State remains confident in Brad Hill. Same with Weber. I suppose a monumental collapse (losing out) could change things, but the Wildcats could also end the season playing well. As of now, he will get the opportunity to move past a down year.
I’m not sure recruiting is the current problem at K-State. Marcus Foster had the best freshman season at K-State since Michael Beasley, Malek Harris was the nation’s 80th rated player in his recruiting class, lots of big-name programs wanted Justin Edwards and Stephen Hurt and incoming freshman Dean Wade is a top-150 recruit. Recruiting could always be better, but asking a coach to come in and beat Kansas for recruits is a lot to ask -- at any program.
Before the season, I wrote that Weber actually has more talent than he knows what to do with. Unlike previous seasons when talent and depth seemed scarce, managing this group, finding cohesive lineups and building team chemistry were of the utmost importance. Weber has done a poor job in those areas, so blame for the 8-7 record goes to him. Weber said earlier this week he still isn’t sure who to start, who to bring off the bench and who to depend on when games are on the line. The team lacks consistency, he said. It is up to him to turn the Wildcats into a consistent bunch.