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Texas A&M and Kansas State will play in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Though the Wildcats average merely around 150 passing yards per game, they run the ball effectively with multiple backfield weapons -- quarterback Jesse Ertz leads the squad with 945 yards -- and their strong defense allows only 22 points per game. You beat KSU by stopping that running attack; the Wildcats were held to 120 yards or less on the ground in three of their four losses. A&M is better against the pass than run. The Aggies went 1-3 and were held under 30 points three times after QB Trevor Knight suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to Mississippi State. Knight is back to under center to take aim at a Wildcats defense that allows 7.6 per attempt (but is far stingier against the run with a 3.6 yards per carry average).
Dec 5 - 1:06 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore RB Justin Silmon rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the school's 30-6 win over TCU.

This was easily Silmon's best game of the season. The Fighting Bill Snyders absolutely trounced the Horned Frogs in this one and finish the season with an 8-4 record.
Dec 3 - 4:17 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Kansas State redshirt senior S Dante Barnett "has displayed himself as a forceful run defender."

"Pre-draft workouts are important," Pauline notes, "but [outwardly] Barnett has the skill set to line-up as a strong safety/special teams player." The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder missed the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury, making his triumphant return in 2016 that much more critical to his draft stock. He has played in all 11 of Kansas State's games to date, recording 58 tackles (3.5 for loss), a sack and an interception.
Dec 2 - 5:35 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz (undisclosed) is expected to play against TCU on Saturday.

Ertz sat out much of the second half of this past weekend's win over Kansas due to an undisclosed injury, but HC Bill Snyder essentially shrugged that off as a precautionary shift and indicated that he believes Ertz will be fine for Saturday's showdown. In 11 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt sophomore has accounted for 16 total touchdowns (seven passing, nine rushing).
Nov 29 - 4:25 PM

Kansas State sophomore WR Byron Pringle had five catches for 77 yards in Saturday's 34-19 loss to Kansas State.

We expected far bigger production from Pringle this year, but he's been handcuffed by Kansas State's inability to throw the ball. In this one, the Wildcats had 99 passing yards, with Pringle accounting for most of them. Pringle takes a 30-398-2 line into the regular season finale next week at TCU.
Nov 26 - 3:45 PM

Kansas State RB Alex Barnes rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Baylor on Saturday.

Almost that entire stat line came late, with 120 and all four touchdowns coming in the second half. Kansas State actually trailed 14-7 at halftime before an offensive wake-up call at halftime. The Wildcats outscored Baylor 21-0 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.
Nov 19 - 4:28 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz completed 18-of-28 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 106 yards in Saturday's 31-26 win over Iowa State.

Not much doing here for Ertz through the air outside of an 11-yard touchdown pass to Deante Burton in the first minute of the second quarter. His rushing work, though, was absolutely on point. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was credited with nine carries in the contest and averaged a robust 11.8 YPC on those totes of the rock. Over half of that yardage came on a 54-yard scamper. His 106 yards rushing represented a season-high for the redshirt sophomore. While he has done a nice job in helping guide Kansas State to a 5-3 record, Ertz has accounted for just 13 touchdowns this season and holds no true fantasy value.
Oct 29 - 3:56 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis has "definitely improved his draft stock," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Willis, who posted seven tackles and a pair of sacks over the weekend during the victory over Texas, ranks third on the team with 36 tackles and is No. 1 with 11.5 TFL, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. " Prior to the season I stamped Willis as a sixth round prospect, in line with the grade scouts handed him, but he’s definitely improved his draft stock since," Pauline wrote. "I expect Willis to test off the charts during workouts and it will be interesting to see if he plays any outside linebacker if invited to the Senior Bowl."
Oct 26 - 7:29 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz completed 20-of-27 passes for 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 24-21 win against Texas on Saturday.

As is usually the case, he was highly effective on the ground, turning 18 carries into 78 yards and two more scores. As for his effectiveness through the air, that's not progress, that's on Texas' awful secondary. Kansas State entered as S&P+'s No. 118 attack.
Oct 22 - 3:30 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz (shoulder) is expected to be able to play against Texas on Saturday.

A shoulder injury forced Ertz to miss the second half of Saturday's loss to Oklahoma. While little is known about the severity of his ailment, HC Bill Snyder indicated on Monday that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt sophomore should be able to suit up against Texas this weekend. Prior to going out injured against the Sooners, Ertz had completed 8-of-14 passes for 68 yards while rushing for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Joe Hubener would likely start vs. the Longhorns should Ertz's injury be more severe than initially believed.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 17 - 12:25 PM

Kansas State senior RB Charles Jones rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 44-38 win over Texas Tech.

Proof that Texas Tech's defense can make even Kansas State's offense look respectable. Jones averaged 6.7 YPC and notched a long run of 31 yards. Proof again that the Red Raiders defense exists in name only, prior to posting his 128 yards on Saturday, Jones had not rushed for more than 53 yards in a game this season.
Oct 8 - 11:04 PM

Kansas State and Rutgers have agreed upon a home-and-home series for 2030-2031.

We would suggest you circle this on your calendar, but that would require a large calendar. The Wildcats will host the Scarlet Knights on September 14, 2030, with Rutgers returning the hosting favor on September 13, 2031. The two squads have never faced off in the regular season before. In their lone bowl showdown back in 2006, Rutgers came away Texas Bowl champs on the wings of a 37-10 final score.
Oct 7 - 12:43 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz completed 10-of-30 passes for 166 yards and an interception in Saturday's 21-20 loss to West Virginia.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also had 25 yards and a score on 12 carries, including a 20-yard scoring run. Despite Ertz's struggles, the Wildcats led for most of the game and may have won had it hit a field goal with two minutes left.
Oct 1 - 7:06 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore RB Dalvin Warmack rushed for 90 yards on nine carries in Saturday's 63-7 win over FAU.

The Wildcats racked up 336 yards rushing in the game, with Warmack leading the way. He saw just one carry for seven yards in the season-opener against Stanford, but Saturday's performance might have opened the door for additional carries in the weeks to come.
Sep 17 - 6:08 PM

Kansas State junior LB Elijah Lee isn't getting "enough next level recognition," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

In KSU's loss to Stanford on Friday, the linebacker played showed sideline-to-sideline range in piling up a game-high 12 tackles. "Lee is slightly undersized yet a three down defender who quickly arrives on the scene," Pauline wrote. The high-motor Lee was on the preseason Bednarik, Nagurski and Butkus watch lists. He led the 'Cats with 80 tackles last year en route to Second Team All-Big 12 honors.
Sep 6 - 7:18 PM


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