Thursday, December 13, 2012
K-State's pending QB competition heats up
By David Ubben
Collin Klein's last game as a Kansas State Wildcat will be the Fiesta Bowl, but spring practice in Manhattan got a lot more interesting on Thursday morning.
Jake Waters, arguably the nation's No. 1 junior college quarterback, committed to Kansas State over Penn State and plans on enrolling early to compete for the starting job.
Waters racked up 3,501 yards and completed 73 percent of his passes for 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season for Iowa Western Community College. Daniel Sams was the heir apparent to Klein, but there's no doubt Waters will apply some major pressure this spring.
"I really liked both schools and I connected with both coaching staffs, and I could see myself playing at both, but at the end of the day it was just what I felt in my gut," Waters told reporters at his announcement. "I had a long talk with the Lord last night, and this is the best thing for me as a student and as a player."
By completing 73 percent of those passes, Waters broke the juco record held by some guy named Cam Newton. Even Alabama and Texas showed up late on the recruiting trail to inquire about his services.
Kansas State got them, though. In the process, they also secured a must-see spring featuring a competition between two quarterbacks with a lot of promise.
Could we see a two-quarterback system, too? Waters obviously looks the part of a more polished passer, while Sams would be the Big 12's fastest quarterback by far if he wins the job next year.