Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Who should be Kansas State's new QB?
By David Ubben
We're seeing more quarterback competitions this spring than maybe ever in the Big 12, but Kansas State is hosting one of the best. Replacing a Heisman contender isn't easy, but that's the task ahead for either Daniel Sams or Jake Waters.
Who should start? Vote in our poll.
Big 12 fans are more familiar with Daniel Sams, who most notably held down the fort for more than a half, navigating a 44-30 win over Oklahoma State in Manhattan to keep K-State undefeated last season. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 45 yards in that game and ran for 20 yards, but the Wildcats had a solid lead when he took over for an injured Collin Klein. Sams is my vote as the fastest quarterback in the Big 12, but in Saturday's spring game he showed more than just his legs that rushed for 235 yards last season.
Sams rolled up 391 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-28 passing, adding a fifth touchdown with his legs and running for 29 yards. That's against the second team (so are Waters' numbers from Saturday, which we'll get to in a second)
Waters, meanwhile, is a new guy most in the Big 12 don't know anything about. He completed 14 of 18 passes on Saturday for 249 yards and three scores, rushing for a touchdown, too. That's no surprise considering he broke Cam Newton's junior college record for completion percentage and threw for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions last season at Iowa Western, carrying his team to a national championship.
The Big 12 is an obvious jump in difficulty level for quarterbacks. Should the Wildcats go with the more refined passer?
Vote in our poll.