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Kansas State has decided on redshirt sophomore Jesse Ertz as the school's starting QB, according to beat writer Timothy Everson.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy said the football staff views Ertz as a combination of Jake Waters and Collin Klein, the two former starters. How convenient. Ertz could offer more mobility than Waters showed last season (484 yards and nine touchdowns on 3.1 yards per carry).
Sep 1 - 11:35 AM

Kansas State senior G Luke Hayes said that he "understand[s] the offense completely" as kickoff approaches for the 2015 season.

Hayes moved from left tackle to right guard in the spring of 2014. He needed a period of time to adjust to the switch, noting that "the footwork was the biggest thing. You have to be more precise with your footwork." With a year at guard under the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder's belt, he's been able to offer more leadership to his fellow linemen, which has not gone unnoticed by HC Bill Snyder, who said that Hayes "stepped up during the course of the summer and provided great leadership and has continued to do so, and I am pleased with him about that."
Aug 29 - 6:42 PM

Kansas State senior OT Cody Whitehair "could be this year's version of Zack Martin or Brandon Scherff," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The draft analyst believes Whitehair is a "dominant college left tackle with a first round skill-set at guard in the NFL, that is "is built well for the position and uses his wide base to handle speed off the edge, staying balanced and sinking his hips at the point of attack." The 6-foot-4, 309-pounder started at left guard as a sophomore, and moved to left tackle as a junior in 2014, earning All-Conference honors. The Kansas State prospect is one of the best and most versatile offensive linemen in the Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 3:42 PM

Kansas State senior DT Travis Britz is "tough against the run," wrote NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter.

While Britz's best attribute at the moment is his ability to clog up running holes, draft analyst Reuter also noted that he will gun for the quarterback "when the opportunity presents itself." His stats make this clear enough, as over the last two seasons, he's accumulated just 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. Reuter speculates that Britz's best next-level fit might be at defensive end, assuming he "display[s] the necessary athleticism in postseason workouts." If he's drafted, it will likely be in the later rounds.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 7:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline praised Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel's ball skills, calling them "next level" while writing that he "flashes the ability to shut down opponents."

McDaniel has the kind of gritty aggressiveness that fits well with coach Bill Snyder's defensive mentality. He's not a perfect player--as Pauline noted, he sometimes struggles with deep coverage--but last season was the junior college transfer's first season starting at the Division I level and there's talent here if the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defender can continue to develop. Pauline sees his best next-level fit coming as a possible "dime back...in a zone system."
Aug 13 - 8:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline praised Kansas State senior OT Cody Whitehair, calling him a "nasty" blocker.

Pauline used all sorts of tasty adjectives to describe the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder, including "nasty" and "strong." He's been high on Whitehair for three years and views him as "effective in all areas of the game." While the senior is slated to start at left tackle for the Wildcats this season, his NFL destiny will probably take him inside to guard.
Aug 13 - 7:39 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore DT Will Geary cleans 392 pounds, benches 425 and can squat 640.

The 20-year-old Geary checked in at No. 24 on Bruce Feldman's ever-popular "Freaks" column. Geary won two straight state wrestling titles in high school and then had to walk on at Kansas State, where he immediately made life hell on future NFL C B.J. Finney. The 6-foot, 297-pound Geary led Wildcat defensive tackles with 30 tackles last year and figures to continue improving.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 11 - 5:53 PM

Kansas State senior S Dante Barnett "could move up boards if he proves he has the strength and speed to start at the next level," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Barnett is a slight, tough-minded defender who can make plays in the secondary and throw his body into running backs," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Barnett posted 77 tackles, three picks, four TFL and eight pass breakups last season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 9 - 6:30 PM

Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel is an "asset for the Wildcats in run support, although he's still developing in coverage."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDaniel posted 59 tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception last year. "One of the nation's most underrated defenders, the hard-hitting McDaniel shined in his first year as a starter after transferring from the juco level," Brown wrote. "He's a typical Bill Snyder star." The scribe pegs McDaniel as the No. 81 overall player in the sport.
Jul 31 - 3:41 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls Kansas State senior OT Cody Whitehair "a technically sound and instinctive tackle who rarely finds himself out of position."

Would you expect anything different from a Bill Snyder-coached offensive lineman? The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Whitehair is a four-year starter. He held down left guard as a sophomore and left tackle as a junior, earning inclusion on the second-team All-Big 12 team in each of those seasons. He's going to play left tackle again, but he'll almost assuredly kick inside in the pros.
Jul 17 - 6:13 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Kansas State junior FB Glenn Gronkowski as the country's best underclassmen fullback prospect.

Meet the youngest of the Gronkowski brothers. Glenn is also NFL bound, though he doesn't have nearly the upside of older brother Rob. "He hasn't caught many passes, but he does offer good length and reliable hands, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a few more throws during the next two seasons," Kiper wrote.
Jul 8 - 8:11 PM

Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel "is the type of player who could probably develop into a safety if needed," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

It's worth noting that NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter recently agreed, projecting McDaniel as a press corner or safety. Brown pegs McDaniel as the No. 7 corner in the country. McDaniel boasts an "aggressive, physical style" which serves "him well in the running game" and also "[possesses] some quickness," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDaniel, a former JUCO, posted 59 tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception last year.
Jul 1 - 5:35 PM

Kansas State senior S Dante Barnett "has proved to be capable of making an impact in pass coverage while also being aggressive against the run," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He teams with corner Danzel McDaniel to form one of the nation's top secondary duos," Brown wrote. The draft analyst ranks Barnett as the No. 6 in the land. Barnett, 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, had 77 tackles, three picks, four TFL and eight pass breakups as KSU's strong safety last year.
Jul 1 - 4:05 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Kansas State senior OT Cody Whitehair as his No. 3 guard to watch in College Football.

"Another offensive tackle who will move inside as a pro. With his burly chest and stocky frame, Whitehair could find happiness as an NFL center, but scouts are excited about seeing him as a guard first," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 309-pound Whitehair started at left guard as a sophomore, and moved to left tackle as a junior in 2014, earning All-Conference honors.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 4:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter projects Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel as a press corner or safety.

"Throw to McDaniel's side of the field at your receivers' collective peril," Reuter wrote. "Though scouts might not see him as the most fluid cornerback in the class, his solid 6-1, 205-pound frame will lead an NFL team to ask him to take his game up another notch as a press corner or safety." As a junior, McDaniel earned second-team all-conference honors by posting five TFL and one interception.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 19 - 7:29 PM


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