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K-State Mailbag: Mid-season awards, healthy receivers, a starting 5 and Halloween advice

Updated: 2013-10-25T16:31:48Z


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It’s time for another K-State Mailbag. Who else is excited?

I thought about handing out some mid-season awards as a build-up to the questions this week, but then someone sent along an e-mail asking for a mid-season MVP. So, no intro needed. Let’s get to the questions.

That’s a tough one. It’s hard to name a MVP with K-State off to a 2-4 start, quarterbacks coming in and out and key players suffering injuries. A case could be made for Tyler Lockett, Daniel Sams, Blake Slaughter, Ryan Mueller and maybe even a few others.

I’m inclined to choose Lockett. Even though he has missed two games with a hamstring injury he ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 475 receiving yards and set a single-game program record with 237 receiving yards at Texas. Those numbers are too good to ignore, plus he has developed into a strong leader.

On the defensive side of the ball, I would narrowly choose Mueller over Slaughter. Mueller leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and three quarterback hurries. And when he makes a big play, it is highlight worthy.

Speaking of, here is my pick for play of the year so far.

Also, I wasn’t expecting the radio call-in show treatment, but it is appreciated.

The presence of Tramaine Thompson and Lockett, K-State’s top two receivers, will definitely help Daniel Sams. If he uses them to his advantage, he could look better as a passer and as a thrower against West Virginia. As I noted here, Lockett and Thompson have nearly the same amount of receiving yards in four games as the rest of the team has in six. Sams has done well with a depleted group of receivers. He should do better with a healthy unit.

Of course, the other thing to consider is that healthy receivers could mean an extra dose of Jake Waters. I think Sams remains the primary quarterback, but he doesn’t throw a good deep ball. Even with Lockett and Thompson, I don’t see him beating opponents long. If K-State wants to sprinkle that into its gameplan, the way it did early, Waters is the quarterback coaches will turn to. But Sams has more upside on mid-range throws and on the ground.

It’s hard to say. In a perfect world, Bill Snyder could choose one quarterback, he would stay healthy until he graduates and K-State wouldn’t have to worry about the development of backups. But playing two quarterbacks helps both quarterbacks develop. They may improve at a slower pace than someone getting all the reps, but the backup remains game ready.

Will Spradling at point guard. Marcus Foster at shooting guard. Wesley Iwundu or Omari Lawrence on the wing. Shane Southwell at forward. Thomas Gipson under the basket. A lot of those players can move around to different positions, though, so we will see a lot of lineup combinations.

I was huge into Transformers as a kid, and now that they actually make Optimus Prime Halloween costumes I would probably buy one of those and call it a day. But, while we’re on the subject of dressing up as sports figures for Halloween, I have a tip for trick-or-treaters to consider: Dress up as a golfer and use an actual golf bag as your candy bag. I did this once, and every dad who answered the door loved it. Some of them were pouring candy into my golf bag. I came home with more chocolate than my family could eat.

If that doesn’t interest you, and you want to dress up as Bill Snyder, these kids did it right.

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