The looming question since Kansas State’s last game in January has been, who will take Collin Klein’s position as starting quarterback?
When star quarterback Klein left in hopes of playing in the NFL, the position opened up for someone new. Redshirt sophomore Daniel Sams was Klien’s backup last year, but a junior transfer Jake Waters, who signed and started practicing with the team last spring, brought in some competition. The two have been contending for the starting position, and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder made it unclear who he was going to pick. With the 2013 season starting this weekend, coach Snyder finally made his decision during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference and named junior Jake Waters as the starter, but also said that Daniel Sams would play. These young quarterbacks have big shoes to fill in the first game, as Klein contributed to close to 70 percent of Kansas State’s total offense last season and led the team to win the Big 12.
Daniel Sams, who played for KSU last year and made an appearance as quarterback for a few games will still get a chance to play in the game Friday. Jake Waters, who is a JUCO transfer from Iowa Western, will be making his first official KSU football appearance, and as starting quarterback. Coach Snyder is taking a bit of risk starting a quarterback who has no experience playing in the league, but he backs his decision with Waters strong performance in the spring scrimmage game and consistency over fall camp.
All eyes will be on Jake Waters Friday as he hopes to prove to Kansas State that he deserves the spot as starting quarterback. Kansas State will be opening at home against North Dakota State.