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Snyder Trying to Balance Classes

Bill Snyder's attention is on the 2010 months of August, September, October and November, which he hopes will lead to a postseason appearance in December or January.
 
But at the same time, he's also looking ahead to 2011 when he openly says, "We're going to be a young team. Because of the class balance, we have some concerns across the board."
 
With a senior-heavy roster, Snyder says that's going to lead to an "even more out of whack" roster makeup at the end of this season. 

"We're going to have a loss of depth, which will mean a younger roster for a couple years."
 
K-State returns 15 starters from the 6-6 Wildcat squad of 2009. Four of the five returning offensive starters are seniors - Zach Kendall, Kenneth Mayfield, Daniel Thomas and Wade Weibert - with the fifth - Clyde Aufner - being a junior.
 
On defense, three seniors return - Troy Butler, Antonio Felder and Stephen Harrison - plus four juniors - Raphael Guidry, Tysyn Hartman, Alex Hrebec and Emmanuel Lamur.
 
Of the three returning specialists, two are seniors in long snapper Corey Adams and kicker Josh Cherry, plus sophomore punter Ryan Doerr.
 
When looking at the grouping of 41 returning lettermen - 14 on offense, 22 on defense and five specialists - 21 are seniors, 13 are juniors and seven are sophomores.
 
"You look at strengths of a team and you look at returning starters as a place where you 'ought' to be better, with 'ought' being the key word," said Snyder. "It is a starting point, but nothing you, and certainly nothing they, should take for granted."
 
On the flip side with this roster, and with any August roster, Snyder says, "You look at concerns in areas where you don't have returning starters."
 
In looking to the future, Snyder said an attempt will be made to balance the classes using the formula he's used for each and every one of his K-State recruiting classes dating back to 1989.
 
"We count 12 positions on offense and 12 on defense and we try to give 3.5 scholarships per position to have some degree of depth across the board," said Snyder. "How many of those are freshmen and how many are from the community colleges will depend on talent available and what fits our immediate needs. It's a formula that we've always used."
 
118 WILDCATS: Kansas State's preseason roster numbered 118 strong. Here's the breakdown: 23 seniors, 35 juniors, 23 sophomores, 37 freshmen (16 redshirt freshmen, 21 true freshmen).
 
BY POSITION: OFFENSE - 21 offensive linemen, 13 wide receivers, 11 running backs/fullbacks, six tight ends and five quarterbacks; DEFENSE - 21 defensive backs, 15 linebackers, 11 defensive linemen and six defensive ends; SPECIALISTS - Nine.
 
FROM HERE AND THERE: K-State's roster includes 33 community college transfers, plus six others from four-year schools - Oregon (Chris Harper, WR), Minnesota (Brodrick Smith, WR), South Carolina (Ryan Doerr, P), Stephen F. Austin (Evan Engwall, PK), San Jose State (Tanner Burns, DB) and Miami (Arthur Brown, LB).
 
BIGGEST CATS: Tallest - 6-foot-8 - Zach Hanson, OT; Cornelius Lucas, OT; Andre McDonald, TE. Shortest - 5-foot-4 - Robert Rose, RB; Heaviest - 338 - Kenneth Mayfield, OG; Lightest - 136 - Stephen Johnson, WR.
 
 
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