Coach speak is generally annoying, often condescending and, all too frequently, just plain stupid. Last weekend I heard an NFL coach say that he wants a 'tough and physical' football team. What, he's not looking for one that's 'soft and meek'? Show me a football team that isn't tough and physical-can one even play football without those characteristics?
K-State did what they should have with an outmanned opponent. The thirty-nine-point demolition of Stephen F. Austin was dominant and had to leave K-Staters imagining the possibilities, possibilities that probably won't end up in the new college football playoff, but should keep them solidly in the Top 20.
Bill Snyder wins a lot of games with quarterbacks in their second year of starting---Chad May, Michael Bishop, Jonathan Beasley, Ell Roberson, Collin Klein---none of them won fewer than nine is their second season under Snyder, with Bishop, Beasley, Roberson and Klein all winning eleven.
The biggest thing, of course, is the understanding of the offense; Waters struggled through the first half of last season, battling turnovers and confidence. It's no coincidence that as Waters improved, so did the Wildcats winning six of their last seven games. Against SFA Waters was as efficient as he was productive, he converted on eight of eleven third or fourth downs, he accounted for four touchdowns and connected on 68 percent of his passes, albeit with one interception.
More than anything, it's how comfortable he looked on the field, both as a player and leader. According to Snyder, he had about forty percent of the playbook available to him, but he was able to audible successfully throughout the three quarters he was on the field. He was a part of four touchdowns himself and helped produce 42 points, that's a far cry from this time a year ago when he was a loser in his first start against North Dakota State.
Senior DeMarcus Robinson had more yards in his first seven touches Saturday night than he did through his first four years at Kansas State. The Wichita Northwest product produced 96 yards of total offense in his first start and is one of four guys in the mix for snaps at running back. I have a feeling that the position will be run by committee…we'll see.
It's interesting, someone recently asked me about Robinson, wondering why he hasn't been more of a factor in his time in Manhattan. It's amazing to me how little, even K-Staters, appreciated John Huber. The guy only left the program last year as its second all-time leading rusher behind Darren Sproles.
I liked Wichita Trinity's Morgan Burns who was solid with a couple of breakups in man to man coverage in his first start at corner back. The speedster also returned three kickoffs for 105 yards, subbing for Tyler Lockett who was held out after being dinged up a bit in the pre-season.
Snyder wasn't pleased with a couple of plays by SFA quarterbacks squirting the pocket and gashing the 'Cat's for big gains with their legs, but save for a seven minute stretch in the second quarter his group was generally stingy. Plus, K-State spent most of the night in a base defense with a fairly standard blitz package. This group was pretty good at the end of last year; they have a chance to be better this season.
The 'Cats go to Ames to face an Iowa State team that was just embarrassed by North Dakota State---anyone sense a trend here? Last weekend notwithstanding, ISU is always tough against KSU at home and you never know how a team is going to react on the road for the first time.
Big 12 good and bad---
It may say something about the Big 12 that two of their best moments of the weekend came in losing efforts. West Virginia hung tough with Alabama in what might have been the biggest surprise of the weekend, although not many had Oklahoma St. within a single possession of Florida State. Those two teams might be a little better than expected, we'll see.
Not so good-Iowa State squandering a two touchdown lead at home to North Dakota State, which has now beaten an FCS team in five straight years-and how about Texas Tech struggling at home to beat Central Arkansas?
Preps and NFL---
I'm looking forward to getting back to a little high school football this weekend, I'll be at Derby-Maize on Friday night before I head to Ames for KSU-ISU on Saturday. The NFL opens on Thursday, the Chiefs get the Titans at home on Sunday.