By RON PRESTON
Kansas State football players are optimististic about the upcoming fall campaign following their second Big 12 Championship last season.
B.J. Finney the All-Big 12 junior center from Andale, along with head coach Bill Snyder and Wyatt Thompson, the radio voice of the Wildcats, spoke about their optimism during recent Cat Backer tour stops throughout the state.
Finney spoke to the Wichita Catbackers Club recently and told the fans in attendance how special the K-State family is and the loyalty shown by the fans packing the stadium each and every home game and how important that is to the success of the program and much appreciated by the players and coaches. He answered a question about the offensive strategy for 2013 much like Abilene’s own Cody Whitehair and Curry Sexton told the Reflector-Chronicle recently.
The K-State offense lost relatively few members off the 2012 Big 12 Champion team. But those losses are big shoes to fill considering the team lost Heisman Trophy Candidate finalist quarterback Collin Klein, WR Chris Harper, TE Travis Tannahill, FB Braden Wilson and OL Nick Puetz all to graduation.
Whitehair and Finney return to a relatively young but experienced offensive line.
Cody started 12 of the 13 games for the Cats last season at right tackle or right guard and with his versatility he was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches, was named a Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and to the ESPN.com All-Big 12 team.
“We lost Nick Puetz, he was a big contributor but we have some guys stepping up like Keenan Taylor who is really doing well right now and Boston Stiverson, another young guy like me,” he said.
“Our young guys that came in that red shirted last year are doing well too,” Whitehair said. “Overall, we are doing pretty well on the offensive lin.”
“Coach Dickey is a good guy, a down to Earth guy. He’ll work us hard but we appreciate him and in the long run it will all pay off,” Whitehair concluded.
Junior Curry Sexton, who caught his first collegiate touchdown pass last year on a 27 yard strike from Klein against the University of Miami, is also optimistic about the year and thinks it will come down to one position offensively.
“I think the offense will be pretty similar without Collin Klein, it all depends on who wins the quarterback job,” Sexton said.
“Jake (Waters) and Daniel (Sams) have their similarities but they also have their differences,” Sexton added.
“You know with Jake, if he is the guy you are going to see a little bit more passing and if Daniel is the guy I think you are going to see some more similarities to last years offense with a little bit different kind of quarterback run game and some different kind of throwing as well,” he said.
“Obviously you have to adjust to your personnel every year, but Coach Snyder hasn’t really changed too much during his tenure at K-State and I don’t really think he will change, but you will see it tweaked a little bit especially on who is behind center,” Sexton concluded.