Kansas State-Stephen F. Austin football preview

08/28/2014 10:40 AM

08/28/2014 12:33 PM

When/where: 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: No TV (webcast on K-StateHD.tv); WHB (810 AM)

The series: First meeting

The line: Off

K-STATE (0-0)

Date

Opponent

Time

Saturday

Stephen F. Austin

6:10 p.m.

Sept. 6

at Iowa State

11 a.m.

Sept. 18

Auburn

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 27

UTEP

TBA

Oct. 4

Texas Tech

TBA

Oct. 18

at Oklahoma

TBA

Oct. 25

Texas

TBA

Nov. 1

Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 8

at TCU

TBA

Nov. 20

at West Virginia

6 p.m.

Nov. 29

Kansas

TBA

Dec. 6

at Baylor

TBA

SFA (0-0)

Date

Opponent

Time

Saturday

at Kansas State

6:10 p.m.

Sept. 6

Incarnate Word

6 p.m.

Sept. 13

Texas A&M-Commerce

6 p.m.

Sept. 20

Weber State

6 p.m.

Oct. 4

Central Arkansas

6 p.m.

Oct. 11

at Nicholls

6 p.m.

Oct. 18

at Houston Baptist

7 p.m.

Oct. 25

Southeastern Louisiana

3 p.m.

Nov. 1

vs. Sam Houston State*

3 p.m.

Nov. 8

at McNeese

6 p.m.

Nov. 15

Abilene Christian

3 p.m.

Nov. 22

Northwestern State

3 p.m.

*at Houston

What’s at stake

Kansas State is hoping to start its season strong a year after losing its opener to North Dakota State. Stephen F. Austin is looking for a win that would give its new coach instant credibility.

Cheers if ...

Kansas State takes a big lead by halftime. After last season’s loss to North Dakota State and some other close calls in recent openers, the Wildcats could use a drama-free debut.

Jeers if ...

Stephen F. Austin scores on its opening drive. The last thing K-State wants to do in its opener is play catch up against a capable offense.

Three things about Stephen F. Austin

1 Clint Conque is in his first year as the Lumberjacks’ coach. He replaced J.C. Harper after Stephen F. Austin finished 3-9 last season. Conque was previously at Central Arkansas, where he won 105 games in 14 seasons.

2 Stephen F. Austin was a team of polar opposites last season. On offense, the Lumberjacks averaged 38.5 points and 571.6 yards. On defense, they allowed 49.3 points and 527.8 yards.

3 Running back Gus Johnson will offer a nice warm-up for the type of running backs K-State will see in the Big 12. The senior topped 1,000 yards last season and has a nose for the end zone. He has scored 28 touchdowns in three seasons.

Key matchup

Charles Jones and DeMarcus Robinson vs. Stephen F. Austin’s defensive line. Running back seems to be the biggest question mark facing K-State on offense. A good debut from any of its running backs could provide a much-needed confidence boost moving forward.

K-STATE OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

16

Tyler Lockett

5-11

175

Sr.

WR

14

Curry Sexton

5-11

183

Sr.

LT

55

Cody Whitehair

6-4

309

Jr.

LG

77

Boston Stiverson

6-4

312

Jr.

C

66

B.J. Finney

6-4

303

Sr.

RG

61

Drew Liddle

6-3

288

Sr.

RT

65

Matt Kleinsorge

6-5

306

Jr.

TE

85

Zach Trujillo

6-5

256

Sr.

WR

6

Deante Burton

6-2

205

So.

QB

15

Jake Waters

6-1

210

Sr.

RB

24

Charles Jones

5-10

197

So.

K

3

Jack Cantele

6-0

193

Jr.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

44

Ryan Mueller

6-2

245

Sr.

DT

99

Valentino Coleman

6-2

285

Sr.

DT

95

Travis Britz

6-4

293

Jr.

DE

75

Jordan Willis

6-5

250

So.

LB

52

Charmeachealle Moore

6-0

217

Jr.

LB

35

Will Davis

6-0

223

So.

LB

21

Jonathan Truman

5-11

219

Sr.

CB

33

Morgan Burns

5-11

195

Jr.

SS

22

Dante Barnett

6-1

186

Jr.

FS

20

Dylan Schellenberg

6-9

195

Sr.

CB

7

Danzel McDaniel

6-1

205

Jr.

P

9

Mitch Lochbihler

6-6

240

Fr.

SFA OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

9

DJ Ward

5-11

182

Sr.

WR

81

Aaron Thomas

6-1

188

Jr.

LT

72

Travis Wiggins

6-3

300

So.

LG

76

Byron Williams

6-4

302

Jr.

C

68

Anthony Pullins

6-3

290

So.

RG

64

Jeremy Neff

6-4

318

Jr.

RT

77

David Dane

6-6

290

Jr.

TE

89

Danan Henderson

6-4

245

Sr.

WR

1

Tyler Boyd

5-10

185

Sr.

QB

2

Zach Conque

6-5

230

So.

RB

6

Gus Johnson

6-10

224

Sr.

K

42

Jordan Wiggs

5-10

206

Sr.

SFA DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

LE

98

Ishmiah Miles

6-2

246

Sr.

DT

95

Donald Bryant

6-2

272

Jr.

DT

92

Lance Skyler

6-2

282

Jr.

RE

97

Kedrick Harrison

6-2

246

So.

SLB

15

Marvin Gray

6-1

212

Sr.

MLB

40

Collin Garrett

6-2

214

Sr.

WLB

43

Nick Bryant

5-10

205

Sr.

CB

3

Keavon Madison

5-10

185

Sr.

SS

14

Patrick Martin

5-9

182

So.

FS

33

Trey Vallier

6-0

194

Sr.

CB

7

Hipolito Corporan

6-1

184

Jr.

P

45

Nick Bruno

5-10

194

Jr.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Kansas State 50-14

Kansas State 50-14. This looks like the year Bill Snyder gets back to pummeling over-matched opponents in openers.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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