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Daniel Sams to Transfer from Kansas State

Quarterback turned wide-receiver Daniel Sams is calling it quits on Kansas State. The Power Cats have granted Sams his release at his request, citing a desire to transfer to school closer to aging relatives as his reason.

Set to begin the 2014-15 season as a junior, Daniel Sams moved to wide receiver during spring practice after coach Bill Snyder favored former transfer Jake Waters under center. Sams and Waters had split quarterback duties most of 2013, but Waters emerged as the favorite late in the season.

 More of a running threat than a passer behind center, Sams rushed for 807 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. Snyder’s preference for the more-traditional quarterback Waters spurred Sams’ move to receiver this spring. The move, however, didn’t work out for him.

Sam’s mother, Sherrill Griffin told

“I just want my son to be happy. If he’s there and him not playing and not using his athletic ability isn’t making him happy, I’m behind him 100 percent.”

The Kansas City Star reported that Daniel Sams will transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school (FCS) where he can play next season with two years of eligibility remaining. Further, that Sams will consider FCS schools close to Slidell, Louisiana such as McNeese St., Southern, Nichols St., and Southeastern State.

Wildcats teammate WR Corey Sexton told Sean Keeler of“He is such a dynamic athlete, and I think he is capable of doing whatever he sets his mind to.

I think it was a struggle for him, fundamentally, just because (of his) playing quarterback his whole life, and then playing receiver is tough. We saw it towards the end of the spring, that he can really do some good things and come into his own as a receiver.”

Whatever the reason, Bill Snyder’s Wildcats have lost a dynamic athlete.

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