Bill Snyder has been coaching at K-State since 1989, and he thinks this might be the youngest roster he has led into a season-opener.
“Probably so,” Snyder said.
The Wildcats will certainly turn to youth at several positions. K-State’s depth chart lists four freshmen as starters, as well as eight sophomores.
K-State will be noticeably inexperienced on the offensive line. A pair of redshirt freshmen, Scott Frantz and Tyler Mitchell, will start at left tackle and left guard, respectively. Trey Dishon, a redshirt freshman from Horton, will start at defensive tackle next to another freshman at defensive end, Reggie Walker.
“It’s not necessarily the most desirable thing,” Snyder said, “but I like the way they have come along and progressed.… They have earned the right to be out there.”
Jesse Ertz will start at quarterback against Stanford, but Snyder suggested Tuesday he will need to play well to receive the bulk of the snaps.
“It’s up to Jesse to secure the spot,” Snyder said.
Joe Hubener and Alex Delton are both listed as backup options, and Snyder said all three could play in the season-opener.
Freshmen ready to help at receiver
Byron Pringle, Dominique Heath and Deante Burton enter the season as K-State’s top three receivers, but they will be joined by redshirt freshman Isaiah Zuber during spread formations, Snyder said Tuesday. Zuber has emerged as the team’s fourth receiving threat.
Freshman Corey Sutton could also see action. Snyder suggested he has done enough to play in his first season, rather than redshirt.
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