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Kansas State Q&A: Dana Holgorsen on Bill Snyder, football recruiting and hoops

West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen watches his team prior to a college football game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen watches his team prior to a college football game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AP

Dana Holgorsen was complimentary of Bill Snyder this week.

Extremely complimentary.

Check out this quote from the West Virginia coach’s weekly news conference on Snyder:

“He is the most respected guy in our profession, bar none,” Holgorsen said. “He just does it the right way. It’s developing a culture of good family values and a program of guys that work hard and develop depth. They play the right way and do the right things. They don’t beat themselves. I could go on and on.”

He did, adding “Kansas State is a very, very, very solid team.”

Snyder is usually the coach that talks up the opposing team in games involving K-State, but Holgorsen beat him to the punch this week.

What does that mean for tonight’s game? Not sure. I’m predicting the score to be even closer than the three-point spread, with K-State winning 28-27.

The outcome could decide how complimentary teams are of K-State in the future.

Anyway, it’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Let’s get to your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

The addition of one or two promising recruits will certainly help K-State at receiver next season, but I’m not sure the unit will be a lost cause without them. Look at what Curry Sexton has done this year with increased playing time. He has become one of the Big 12’s best slot receivers and a serious playmaker in the Wildcats’ offense. Few saw that coming. The losses of Tyler Lockett and Sexton will hurt, but K-State has depth at receiver. Players like Deante Burton, Andre Davis and Judah Jones have been quiet this year, but they could thrive in bigger roles. Perhaps all they need is an opportunity.

Braxton Miller is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, so, yes, it would be worth K-State’s time to recruit him if he decides to transfer. With Jake Waters as a senior, it might be wise for the Wildcats to look into several transfers at the quarterback position, including junior-college transfers. That being said, K-State does have talent returning at quarterback. Joe Hubener has looked excellent in garbage time and coaches continue to say good things about Jesse Ertz. And don’t forget, Hays quarterback Alex Delton will be on campus next semester. So K-State will have options with or without the addition of a transfer. Still, more competition is always a good thing.

Favorite sitcom: The League.

Favorite Full House character: Kimmy Gibbler.

Yes, the plan is for Evan Beucler to redshirt this season for the K-State men’s basketball team. The extra year will give the walk-on additional time to mature and improve. D.J. Johnson will also sit out the season with a medical redshirt, unless he receives some unexpected good news from his doctor.

Nino Williams is recovering from a medical procedure on his knee, and is nearing a return. Bruce Weber said he may play against Long Beach State on Friday. If he doesn’t play in that game, expect him at the Maui Invitational next week. Wesley Iwundu and Malek Harris are both fighting nagging shoulder injuries. Weber has said Harris essentially has the same ailment that bothered Thomas Gipson last season and they decided against surgery, because it responded well. He may be ready to go in Maui. But I think his status will remain questionable. Iwundu is already back playing and looked good (thought rusty on offense) against UMKC.

I don’t know if I’d go so far to call them “offensive,” but I understand why some people find them annoying. They make sense as a license plate, because lots of couples share cars. As a flag, though? Why not just buy two different flags and fly them accordingly?

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @KellisRobinett.

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