The Kansas State Wildcats have everything covered with the wide receiver position and with the college football season rapidly approaching, that’s definitely something to look forward to. Sure hands, speed, possession, and more speed is what the Wildcat receivers are all about.
The Cats were carried last year by Tyler Lockett. Lockett, also a special teams threat, posted his best numbers by far in his career at K-State. This season the Cats cannot just rely on Lockett though, there are other receivers that will definitely need to step up.
Wide Receivers and Tight End (Probable Starters): Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, Deande Burton and Zach Trujilo
First team All-Big 12 receiver Lockett had 81 catches, 1,262 yards, and 11 touchdowns in 2013. Lockett became quarterback Jake Waters’ favorite target and look for that trend to continue in 2014.
Other wideouts will need to take some of the pressure of Lockett. Curry Sexton caught 39 passes last year for 446 yards, but did not reach the end zone. Sexton is a guy that will move the chains; he will need to play a much bigger role.
Deande Burton saw a little bit of playing time last year as well. Burton is only a sophomore and has some time to impress on the field.
Starting Tight End Zach Trujilo is back for his senior year. Trujilo has to play better and be a factor in the passing game.
Off the Bench
Kansas State wants to include more of their tight ends this season. With that, there has some discussion that freshman Cody Small might get a lot of playing time. Small’s 6’4″ frame and athleticism are part of the reason the Cats are anxious to get him on the field.
A player who made big plays in the air in 2013 was Glenn Gronkowski, the starting fullback for Kansas State (yes, Glen is the younger brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski). Gronkowski had only 5 catches and three of those went for touchdowns.
A few other guys who might make an impact off the bench in 2014 are Andre Davis and Kyle Klein. Davis can flat out fly so look for him to maybe jump in there for playing time. Klein is back for his junior year and had five catches for only 59 yards in 2013.
Outside of Lockett and Sexton, the Kansas State Wildcats need a definite third option for Waters to throw to. If they can get that then look for this offense to take the next step and live up to their preseason ranking.
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