Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is leaving much to the imagination when his Wildcats open 2013 against two-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State.
As expected, K-State's depth chart for Friday's opener against North Dakota State currently reads as such pic.twitter.com/w1CPKgIaei
— D. Scott Fritchen (@DScottFritchen) August 25, 2013
But while Snyder’s depth chart may be blank, one important roster note is clear: JUCO transfer quarterback Jake Waters has the nod over Daniel Sams.
Touted JC transfer Jake Waters will start at QB for #KansasState
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) August 26, 2013
Snyder’s choice of Waters should come as a bit of surprise to those following the situation. Sams appeared in the Wildcats’ Big 12 championship season of 2012, and shined in the spring game. Jug of Snyder campaigned for Daniel Sams based on his football IQ. Waters’ talent appears to have won the day, though.
K-State’s is one of several fascinating situations among 2013 Big 12 quarterbacks.
Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops completed a swerve last week with his announcement that freshman Trevor Knight will start ahead of veteran Blake Bell.
Mike Gundy has remained mum on a definite Week 1 starter for Oklahoma State; ditto Gary Patterson at TCU. Both see SEC competition in the opener. Both have publicly suggested using two quarterbacks.
Gary Patterson says both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin will play. "We have a plan." That plan does not include revealing that plan.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 26, 2013
First-year Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury during Monday’s teleconference also alluded to a platoon when the Red Raiders face SMU.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) August 26, 2013
Charlie Weis is reliant on a transfer, Jake Heaps, who struggled at his last stop — much like 2012 Kansas Jayhawks starter Dayne Crist. That didn’t go so well for a KU offense that ranked No. 113 via the pass.
Oddly, the most favorable — or at least most clear — quarterback situations are at Texas, where third-year David Ash has yet to wow; and Baylor, where Bryce Petty has impressed in practice but has very limited game experience.