K-State football head coach Bill Snyder talks with media at the K-State Football Media Day on August 5, 2013.
August 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
It's almost football season, and everywhere you turn in the Vanier Football Complex, the Wildcats' upcoming season is all the buzz.
Today, local and national media alike will have the opportunity to get an inside scoop on K-State football as the program will host its annual media day. From a press conference with head coach Bill Snyder to one-on-one interviews with the Wildcats' 2014 coaches and players, today will mark the media's first look at the entire 2014 team.
It's an exciting year to cover K-State football; it's an exciting time to be a K-State football reporter.
Looking forward to the upcoming season, the possibilities for the Wildcats are endless. K-State enters 2014 with a preseason ranking of No. 3 in the Big 12 - one of the nation's toughest football conferences - and the questions surrounding the team are yet to be answered.
Today, the players and coaches will be asked many, many questions. However, the true answers cannot be revealed until the team steps onto the gridiron and competes under the bright lights this season.
Will senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett overtake his dad, Kevin Lockett's all-time receiving record?
Who will the starting running back position go to?
Will the Cats start off stronger this year than last?
It's August, and anything can happen. K-State football's slate ahead is as blank as the reporters' fresh, new notebooks are ready to be filled with quotes and stats about the upcoming season.
A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS 2014 SQUAD
(And why YOU should be excited)
This year, K-State has six student-athletes on preseason watch lists. Lockett, Ryan Mueller and B.J. Finney were all honored as preseason All-Americans, and K-State took up five spots on the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
Traditionally, Bill Snyder has found success in seasons where he returns his quarterback, and senior Jake Waters looks to be the right guy to continue that tradition. During the Wildcats' 6-1 finish of the 2013 season, Waters improved week in and week out as he threw for 204.7 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and only four picks over the final seven games.
Waters was among the Big 12's best quarterbacks by the end of the 2013 season, and paired with Lockett, competitors will have a duo to be afraid of.
Add that duo with a veteran offensive line made up of a combined 70 starts, and the Wildcat offense should be a force to be reckoned with.
On the defensive end of the ball, the Wildcats return key contributors such as Mueller and defensive tackle Travis Britz, and linebacker Jonathan Truman, a senior who had 89 stops in his first season as the starter.
The Cats' schedule is an exciting one, too.
After an opening game on Aug. 30, against Stephen F. Austin at 6:10 p.m., in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Wildcats will travel to Iowa State to face off against the Cyclones for an early Big 12 matchup followed by a primetime Thursday evening game against the defending SEC Champions, the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn on Sept. 18 - that will be an exciting night under the lights in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Click here for a look at the Wildcats 2014 slate.
Wildcats on preseason watch lists:
Senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett: Walter Camp Award, Hornung Award, Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award, Walter Camp Award
Senior quarterback Jake Waters: Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award
Senior defensive end Ryan Mueller: Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, AFCA Good Works Team, Rotary Lombardi Award, Hendricks Award
Senior offensive lineman B.J. Finney: Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Junior offensive lineman Cody Whitehair: Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Junior place kicker Jack Cantele: Lou Groza Award
What would you like to know about this year's K-State football squad? K-State Sports Extra will be at media day and, if you send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter to @kstatesports, you may just find the answer in a K-State Sports Extra in the upcoming weeks.