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Klein: Chance for K-State QBs to forge own identity

Updated: 2013-04-17T15:57:20Z


The Kansas City Star

The quarterback race continues without a starter named at Kansas State, but no matter who emerges between Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, the position is in good hands said wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

"I've seen been a lot of good things in both, things that can allow us to find our own identity and even possibly be better than last year," said Lockett, who was attending the KC Catbackers meeting in Overland Park on Tuesday.

That would be quite an accomplishment considering the Wildcats won the Big 12 and were led by a quarterback, Collin Klein, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Sams is a dynamic runner with experience in the program, but Waters has been a quick study, Lockett said.

Waters signed with Kansas State over Penn State after a stellar season at Iowa Western Community College, where he threw for 39 touchdowns and 3,501 yards.

"It's very competitive," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "What I've appreciated about them is they've helped each other."

The Wildcats went through something of a similar situation in 2011, when Collin Klein, Justin Tuggle and Sammuel Lamur started the spring in a battle to succeed Carson Coffman. No starter was named by the end of the workouts, but Klein was the favorite after a big spring game. Tuggle moved to linebacker for 2012.

If there's a leader between Waters and Sams, nobody was tipping their hand.

"Nobody knows who's going to be the starter," Lockett said.

Klein said that when he won the job, he didn't see himself replacing Coffman, and he doesn't think Sams or Waters should feel the same way.

"You can never replace players, but there's an opportunity for players to step up and create their own identity," Klein said. "I don't want them to look at it as filling my shoes."

Still, Klein delivered one of the great careers by a K-State quarterback, holding or matching conference and school records for rushing touchdowns.

*Linebacker Tre Walker said he was "90 to 100 percent" recovered from his knee injury suffered last season against Texas Tech.

"If were playing in two weeks, I could play," Walker said.

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