K-State Sports Extra: Snyder Wowed by Wilson

By Mark Janssen

On a day when coach Bill Snyder talked of team-wide inconsistencies the Wildcat football coach made a special point to salute the consistent efforts of fullback Braden Wilson.

He's the one player, Snyder said, "... that catches my eye day in and day out. He may make a mistake, but he's doing it at 120 miles an hour. I just love the way he practices. He's just one of those guys who is always on go practicing as hard as one can. I'm awfully proud of him."

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound sophomore out of Smith Center High School played in all 12 games as a true freshman with 110 yards to show for his 11 rushing attempts. Wilson also caught four balls for an additional 33 yards.

From last year to this, Snyder said Wilson has a better understanding of the position, and is making decisions a little quicker.

"Things happen so quickly in this game. You have a fraction of a second to make a decision. You have to experience it over and over again, and Braden is experiencing it in far greater numbers now and I think his decision-making process, more than anything else, has been his greatest improvement," said Snyder. "The great thing about him, though, is he is always going as hard as he can go."

While given a look-see at defensive end a year ago in practice, Snyder gave somewhat of a non-committal, "No we haven't, yet," answer when asked if Wilson was given a look as a defender this spring.

For now, it's just fine tuning the wide range of roles Wilson has as K-State's No. 1 fullback.

"The fullback in our offense is a little bit of everything. He's a tight end and sometimes the one-back in our offense," said the Wildcat coach. "Braden is the consummate throw-back football athlete. He would have been great in the days when you didn't have a facemask."

But overall, Snyder said he was less than enthused about the Wildcats' work during the second week of spring drills.

After praising the team a week ago, he said, "... low and behold as soon as I left here I went to the practice field and we started to go south and we had a hard time getting the brakes put on. So we have been kind of up and down. Inconsistency is probably the best term. We have our good and bad days individually and collectively. We have a long ways to go.

"We are halfway through, so the last 50 percent of our spring practices, because of the fact that we tailed off some and did not gain the consistency that we need, have really become significant. This is going to be a vital time for us for the remainder of the spring."

On the position of quarterback, Snyder said senior Carson Coffman and sophomore Collin Klein had separated themselves from junior Sammuel Lamur, but he added, "We're not giving up on Sammuel. He doesn't have the experience, but he has the capabilities."

Snyder continued, "If one of those three individuals would gain the consistency that we are talking about then I think the depth chart would define itself a little more clearly than it has."