Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) and wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) warm up prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats: Playmakers For 2014


We are now just one more month closer to college football season. The Kansas State Wildcats have quite a few big names returning in 2014. The Wildcats also have new faces who will take the field for the first time under head coach Bill Snyder.

In other words, it’s up in the air right now as to who the playmakers will be for this Wildcat squad.

Once the season gets started a lot of attention will on the K-State stars such as Jake Waters, Tyler Lockett, and Ryan Mueller. With that, some of the new players or veterans will have to step up if the Wildcats are going to have a successful season.

Here’s a look at few players who could have huge impact on the field.

K-State Offense

WR Andre Davis: With his ability to strecth the field, Andre Davis will be getting passes thrown his way. The offense this year cannot just depend on Lockett. They will need everyone to contribute.

With the season Lockett had last season, opposing defenses could possibly move coverages his way, which will allow another wideout to more touches. Curry Sexton had 39 catches last year but if Waters wants to throw the home run ball more, Davis has the opportunity to hurt defenses.

The Next Running Back: K-State is known for running the football. With the loss of 3-year starter Jon Hubert, the Wildcats will need someone to take charge of this role. DeMarcus Robinson could be the next guy up but there is talented right behind him.

Charles Jones and Jarvis Leverett will be hungry for the chance to be starting running back. Whoever wins this battle will need to produce quickly to take the pressure off of Waters and the passing game.

K-State Defense

DE Marquel Bryant: A lot of attention will on Ryan Mueller this season. That means Junior Marquel Bryant will need to be better coming from the other side. Bryant could have chance to get to the opposing team’s quarterback.

The defensive line had some question marks in the beginning of last season. Bryant, Mueller and the rest of the line will be more consistent in stopping the run.

LB D’Vonta Derricott: If he wins his position battle by the end of the summer than he will step on the field quickly. The Wildcats have had some very good linebackers in back-t0-back seasons.

Blake Slaughter was all over season place last season making plays and Jonathan Truman is back for his final season. At this position it is someone else’s turn to make things happen. A lot of people say that Derricott could be the next big time player.

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