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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Stevenson: Wildcats gear up for spring game

  • Kansas State's 2013 spring football practice winds up this Saturday with the Purple-White game starting 1:10 p.m. at Snyder Family Stadium.
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  • Kansas State's 2013 spring football practice winds up this Saturday with the Purple-White game starting 1:10 p.m. at Snyder Family Stadium.
    The game will be televised by Kansas State HD-TV.
    Bill Snyder is beginning his 22nd season as Kansas State's head coach at age 73; his name has become an icon for Kansas State football and will remain so for generations to come. Snyder led the Wildcats to a Big 12 co-championship last season.
    Most of the media attention has focused on Kansas State's need to replace eight starters from the defensive unit, but fans' interest during the spring game will be concentrated on the quarterback position.
    Junior Daniel Sams and JUCO recruit Jake Waters are locked in a battle for the starting quarterback position.
    Sams is listed as a sophomore and that's correct from an eligibility standpoint; however, he's actually a junior because he redshirted his freshman year at Kansas State. That's significant as Sams has been in the program for two full seasons and has the maturity of a junior in college.
    Waters is a highly heralded quarterback; he led Iowa Western CC to a 12-0 record and a JUCO national championship in 2012. Last season Waters passed for 3,501 yards and 39 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
    Those are remarkable stats. Nevertheless, the guess here is that Waters is destined to be the backup quarterback for Snyder.
    Daniel Sams has extraordinary running ability and he knows the system. After practice last week, Snyder said, "There's not a number-one and there's not a number-two quarterback; they are taking equal reps with the ones and twos."
    If Sams proves he is an effective passer, the job will be his. His athletic ability is remarkable and Snyder prefers a quarterback who has pass-run ability. Sams showed he can run during mop-up duty last season, but he's never had a chance to showcase his passing talent.
    Kansas State fans will get their first look Saturday.

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