Jake Waters Announced as Kansas State’s Starting Quarterback

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.


2 thoughts on “Jake Waters Announced as Kansas State’s Starting Quarterback

  1. salack1027

    This topic was definitely one of the most important ones in the Big 12 heading into the start of the season. I like that the post included why coach Bill Snyder named Jake Waters the starting quarterback. However, I felt like at times the post was hard to read due to some sentence structure. Also, there was some information that was repetitive. Overall, this post was good because it stressed the big hole both quarterbacks will have to fill following Collin Klein’s departure. Klein was a Heisman candidate last year and led the Wildcats to a BCS bowl. It will be interesting to see how the position battle develops after North Dakota State upset Kansas State last weekend, as well.

  2. egrims

    I thought this blog post got to the point and told me the cut and dry information about Kansas State’s quarterback situation. I wish there was more information on what the Kansas State is losing with Klein turning pro as well as what each contender for quarterback brings to the table in terms of strengths and weaknesses. I’m curious to see how Waters does with the pressure of the starting job and whether Sams can step it up and show the staff what he’s got whenever he might go in.


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