2009 Kansas State Wildcats Football Preview
2009 Kansas State Wildcats season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Kansas State Wildcats football preview as well as the 2009 Kansas State Wildcats Football Schedule. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
Coach: Bill Snyder (18th year at Kansas State)
Team Name: Wildcats
2008 Overall Record: 5-7
Returning Starters: 14
After finishing tied for fourth in the Big 12, the Kansas State Wildcats (5- 7 overall, 2- 6 Big 12) missed their second straight bowl season. In the past four-of-five seasons, the Wildcats have won five or fewer games. The 2009 season could yield the same results.
Although the Wildcats ably put up an average of 34.9 PPG last season, they will be hard pressed to equal that average in 2009. The Cats will field a new starting QB after losing dual threat standout Josh Freeman to the NFL. The new quarterback looks to be junior Carson Coffman (41 ATT, 25 COMP, 282 YDs, 2 INTs, 1 TD), who will have to perform at a high level quickly. If it’s not Coffman at the helm, then perhaps it will be redshirt freshman Collin Klein or junior college All-American Daniel Thomas. Thomas is the only true double threat QB, able to handle passing and rushing duties. Senior wideout Brandon Banks (67 REC, 1,049 YDs, 9 TDs), who stands just five-foot-seven, is one of the finest pass catchers in the nation. Senior tight end Jeron Mastrud (38 REC, 435 YDs, 2 TDs) is a solid target. There are some fine and experienced players on the O-line.
Last season, Kansas State’s defense, which gave up 479.1 YPG (117th nationally) and 35.8 PPG (110th nationally), was a major liability. There is some talent on board. Sophomore LE Brandon Harold (45 TKLs, 3 SKs, 7.5 TFL) put in a fine rookie season last year. RE Eric Childs (52 TKLs, 2.5 SKs, 4 TFL) offers speed and looks to be a prototypical pass rusher. DT Jeffrey Fitzgerald, a transfer from Virginia, should help upgrade the frontline. This unit could be a true asset. The linebacking unit has good performers with experience but none are outstanding. The best of the secondary is inconsistent corner Josh Moore (76 TKLs, 3 INTs). The junior could be a major star.
On special teams, junior Josh Cherry will get a chance at replacing accurate placekicker Brooks Rossman. The punting job will either go to junior D.J. Fulhage (33 Punts, 1,256 YDs, 38.1 YDs, 6 In20) or freshman Ryan Doerr. The return game will be manned by the speedy Banks, who last season averaged 11.6 yards when bringing back punts and 27.7 on kickoffs. Banks brought one kickoff back for a touchdown.
Head coach Bill Snyder (136- 68 in 17 years with Kansas State) brings in the weakest group of recruits in the conference. With a huge question mark at quarterback and a defense that under-performed last season, Snyder will be hard-pressed to make this team a winner. The first two games of the season, Massachusetts on September 5 and UL Lafayette on September 12, look like wins. The September 19 contest at UCLA will say a lot about this team. A win there would be a huge confidence boost. The Wildcats have not improved much over last year’s edition. This is a fifth place team that will sit out the bowl season for a third straight year.
Kansas State Wildcats Football Schedule
|9/12/2009||Kansas St.||LA Lafayette||away|
|9/26/2009||Kansas St.||Tennessee Tech||home|
|10/3/2009||Kansas St.||Iowa St.||neutral|
|10/10/2009||Kansas St.||Texas Tech||away|
|10/17/2009||Kansas St.||Texas A&M||home|
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