It’s time for another K-State Mailbag. Who else is excited?
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
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.
@KellisRobinett Lockett and Thompson the missing ingredient for SAMs to throw downfield? Won't that open the running game?
— Mike Rouse (@Turnksu) October 25, 2013
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.
@KellisRobinett Do you think having a 2 QB system hurts their development? Each QB is only receiving 50% of the coaches' time & attention…
— Landon Todd (@landontodd) October 24, 2013
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.
— Pete Nicklin (@PeteyBoyNeutron) October 25, 2013
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.
@KellisRobinett if you were a kid, would you dress up as Bill Snyder for Halloween?
— John Zetmeir (@J_Zetmeir) October 24, 2013
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.
— K-State Football (@KState_Football) October 24, 2013