Three position battles remain as K-State season opener approaches

08/27/2013 5:24 PM

08/28/2013 1:01 AM

The K-State football team unveiled its first depth chart of the year Tuesday, and three position battles remain ongoing.

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder will make a game-time decision Friday on his starting tight end, kicker and punter.

Senior Andre McDonald and Zach Trujillo are deadlocked in a competition at tight end. Both have plenty of experience as backups. The same can’t be said for kicker and punter. Jack Cantele and Matthew McCrane have never attempted a field goal. Mark Krause and Ethan Hammes were stuck behind punter Ryan Doerr last year.

The depth chart lacked surprise starters, but a few names were intriguing. Curry Sexton beat out Deante Burton for the team’s third starting receiver spot.

“He put himself in position to be the third guy,” Snyder said of Sexton. “He runs routes extremely well, catches the ball well and is an aggressive player. He is a good blocker as well as a receiver.”

Randall Evans has been moved to a traditional cornerback position after playing only in the nickel formation last season. Kip Daily will back him up, while Dorrian Roberts will start at the other corner position and be backed up by Morgan Burns. Snyder said cornerback will remain a competitive position as the season goes forward.

Much respect

Snyder is famous for praising future opponents, regardless of their skill level. So when he was asked about North Dakota State, the top-ranked team in Division I-AA, it was hardly surprising to hear him throw out compliments. But he also had good things to say about Louisiana-Lafayette, which K-State will face Sept. 7.

“It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire,” Snyder said.

Neither opponent will be a cupcake. Still, you wonder what Snyder will say about playing at Texas and Oklahoma State in back-to-back games when conference play begins.

Roster news

• Devon Nash, a touted defensive end who came to K-State via Iowa Western Community College in the offseason, is no longer on the roster. Nash had an underwhelming spring and was not in the mix for a starting position during fall camp.

• Snyder said he will redshirt most of the team’s freshmen but might allow two to play. He did not specify names. No true freshman was listed on the two-deep, but Tanner Wood figures to be compete for playing time as the season progresses.

• Robert Rose will serve as John Hubert’s primary backup at running back, but Snyder said DeMarcus Robinson might also play this season.

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