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What to watch: Kansas State spring game

4/25/2013

The Big 12's spring football wraps up on Saturday when Kansas State plays its spring game, the last team in the Big 12 to do so. Let's have a closer look:

KANSAS STATE

When: Saturday, 1:10 p.m.

What you need to know:

  • You can watch the game live on KStateHD.tv.

  • Tickets are $5, but children under 2 are free.

  • The West side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium is getting a facelift, so only the lower bowl on the south and east sides of the stadium will be open.

What to watch:

  • The quarterbacks. Bill Snyder maintained on Monday that there's not much separation between Daniel Sams and Jake Waters in the quarterback race. Both are getting equal reps with the first team, and both still have a long way to go. They're very different quarterbacks, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see both contribute next season, but Kansas State locks up practice tight, so it will be interesting to see the duo go head-to-head. I wasn't super impressed with Sams as a passer last season when he stepped in for Collin Klein against Oklahoma State, but he'll be the Big 12's fastest quarterback. Waters will have to show he can make the jump from junior college to the Big 12.

  • All the breakout players. Somebody is going to have to jot down who starts the spring game, because Snyder is guarding his depth chart with his life, and Kansas State is only bringing back eight starters from last season's team. Who knows what this team could look like in the fall? This week, Snyder did peg a few guys who have stood out this spring, though he says the defense is ahead of the offense for now. Keep an eye on Demonte Hood, Randall Evans, Travis Britz, Chaquil Reed and Matt Seiwert, most of whom are stepping in for a completely revamped defensive line that lost all four starters. It started as a concern for the Wildcats, but Snyder seems pleased with the progress there.

  • The cornerbacks. We already mentioned Evans, who has stood out this spring after contributing a little bit during Kansas State's Big 12 title run last season, but Kansas State is replacing both starters at the position, and they'll be going head to head with young passers who could provide some opportunity for big plays and PBUs. Can the cornerbacks take advantage? It should be time for senior Carl Miles Jr. to step up at the position, too.