The 2014 college football season is right around the corner and for the Kansas State Wildcats, it will be another season where they hope to prove themselves against the top teams in the Big 12 conference. This week the focus turns to this year’s senior class and the man under center, quarterback Jake Waters.
Hometown: Council Bluff, Iowa
Fun fact: Attended Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Kansas State
Last season was Waters’ first year at K-State and he was coming off a National Championship at Iowa Western Community College. There was a lot of excitement for Wildcat fans surrounding Waters and that he might just be the guy to get them to the big game.
The start did not go as planned with the season opening loss at home against North Dakota State. Waters had his ups and downs in that game and was also battling for playing time with Daniel Sams (who has since transferred).
Towards the end of the season, Waters heated up along with the rest of the Wildcats. Kansas State won five of their last six games including a bowl victory against Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Waters went 21 of 27 for 271 yards and three touchdowns in that bowl victory.
2013 Season Stats
Air: 159 of 260 for 2469 yards, 18 TDs, & 9 INT’s
Ground: 118 Attempts for 312 yards, & 6 Touchdowns
On the Horizon
Waters’ confidence grew towards the end of the year. Looking forward, it is definitely up to Jake to run the show now. Head Coach Bill Snyder is known for his decision making at quarterback right up until the last week before the first game.
Yes, there will be an open competition but Waters must continue to separate himself from the rest of his own group. He spent most of 2013 looking at Sams. If Waters does not have his A game coming into his final year he could be in some more trouble.
One of the bigger games on the plate this year for Waters and company is in September on a Thursday night at home against SEC champ and National runner-up Auburn. Waters will have the chance this season to prove that he is one of the top quarterbacks in the Big 12.
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