Wildcats Push Through Fall Camp

 MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State football team held its final open practice Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats drilled for two hours under temperate but rainy conditions at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Saturday’s workout was very heavy on special teams as K-State went through numerous drills working on kickoff and punt returns, onside kicks, field goals and extra points. The Cats also drilled 11-on-11 and ended practice with an energized one-on-one passing drill that pitted receivers against cornerbacks, running backs against safeties, tight ends against linebackers and even linemen against linemen.

Head Coach Ron Prince and his staff have been pleased with what they believed was a pivotal week of practice.

“We still have some time before our first game and we certainly will take advantage of that,” Prince said. “I am very excited about the enthusiasm of the players this week. It has been a great week of practice and this is one we thought might be one of the most important weeks of practice this season. We had to push through it a little bit, but I feel like we got a whole lot accomplished.”

Both senior Dylan Meier and freshman Josh Freeman continue to battle for the starting quarterback spot and each has impressed Prince so far in camp.

“September is coming up on us and we have another week here in front of us to get some answers on who will be the starter,” Prince said. “Right now, both kids are really doing a nice job and we are pleased with the way things are going. It truly is neck and neck and when you have players that are this experienced, talented and diligent, the competition is great.”

The Wildcats held their final two-a-day practices Friday and then wrapped up fall training camp Saturday afternoon. Classes at Kansas State begin Monday and the Cats will then get into their daily routine of one practice in the afternoon.

The Wildcats open the 2006 season September 2 at home against Illinois State. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.