Schedule: Practice starts today
What’s new: The receiving corps. Kansas State's possible top three targets may all be new faces. Brodrick Smith is a Minnesota transfer, Chris Harper is from Oregon. And Aubrey Quarles missed all of last season.
Key battle: Quarterback. Carson Coffman began last season as the starter before ceding the responsibility to Grant Gregory. Coffman has a slight lead entering camp, in front of Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur, but coach Bill Snyder sees all three as possible starters.
New on the scene: Fullback Braden Wilson. He started four games last season, and he'll be the lead blocker for the conference's leading rusher, Daniel Thomas. Snyder raved about the sophomore's efforts this spring.
Breaking out: Defensive end Brandon Harold. An injury made him a non-factor in 2009, but he's is back to full strength and ready to regain the form from his freshman season, when he had 45 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, he'll be a force to block for opposing offensive lines.
Don’t forget about: The offensive line. It cleared the way for a 1,200-yard rusher in 2009 and brings back four starters from last year's team, led by senior guard Zach Kendall. He'll be one of the team captains this season.
All eyes on: Running back Daniel Thomas. The Wildcats need him to duplicate or surpass his 1,265 rushing yards from his first season at Kansas State, and he'll probably get the carries to let him do it. Thomas played through a minor shoulder injury last season, and he'll need to stay relatively healthy once again for the Wildcats to see success in 2010.
Quoting: "We came out of the spring with three young guys that were viable contenders for the number one quarterback spot. Is that good or bad? You could make a case either way." -- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder
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