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Kansas State Wildcats Report to Fall Camp

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Less than 30 days away from the college football season and the Kansas State Wildcats reported to fall camp on Monday. The team consists of old faces, new faces, the same head coach in Bill Snyder and the same kind of philosophy that the Wildcats play by.

Hopefully this philosophy will get the 2014 Wildcats wins and maybe a chance to compete with Baylor and Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. It’s been well documented throughout the summer that Kansas State will have to answer some questions throughout the season if they plan on being a factor.

Here are some questions heading into the fall practice before the August 30th game against Stephen F. Austin.

Red, Yellow, and Green

Red Light: Who will be the top man at running back?

With Jon Hubert gone, the battle at the running back position was at a simple dead heat at the end of this spring. Now someone will have to take charge whether it is DeMarcus Robinson, Jarvis Leveett, or Charles Jones. Robinson has been around for quite something now entering his final year at Kansas State.

This battle might not be over until right up to the season opener. From there one of these three will have to take charge and take the pressure away from Jake Waters.

Yellow Light: Can defense stop the run?

The Kansas State defense returns just 5 players from last years 8-5 teams, but when you take a look at the depth chart at least 9 players who are projected to start did have playing time.

One of the issues last year with the Wildcat defense was that they could not stop the run especially on 3rd down. This caused opposing offenses to run all over the Wildcats. This problem was mainly early in the season last year, but it was brutal to watch.

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The Cats on this side of the ball are led by Ryan Mueller, Jonathan Truman, and Dante Barnett. These guys have to be the leaders and make sure that opposing teams don’t run on them all the time.

The defense need to come firing fast. With high scoring offenses like Auburn, Baylor, and Oklahoma on the schedule, it could be a long season if the Wildcats don’t play well.

Green Light: Jake Waters Time

A lot of hype last year from the Iowa Western transfer, Jake Waters was suppose to be the guy. Waters struggled in the first half of the season last year. He struggled with mistakes and battling Daniel Sams and saw some time on the bench. This was the not the start that Jake envisioned when he transferred to K-State.

Waters turned it around in the second half and finished winning five of six games including the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan. Now the Wildcats need Waters to perform at a big level in his senior season. If Waters picks up where he left off, big thing are headed K-State’s way.

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