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.
@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.