Kansas State Wildcats 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 80
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 39

The Kansas State Wildcats ended up with 6 wins in 2009, and it’s hard to know if they will increase or decrease that number in 2010. There are a lot of new faces on the team, but some of the most important contributors return. Will K-State make it back to a bowl game for the first time since 2006?

The Wildcats’ offense runs through tailback Daniel Thomas. The junior college transfer was the Big 12 newcomer of the year after leading the conference with 1,265 rushing yards. His 5.1 yards per carry average shows he can break tackles but also has breakaway speed. Up front, four starters return on the offensive line, three of whom are seniors.

Carson Coffman will take over as the starting quarterback once again. He started in that spot in 2009, but was benched after six games for his inability to put points on the board. He has the inside track to start again after a strong spring game. He will have all new receivers to work with this season. Sophomore transfers Brodrick Smith (Minnesota) and Chris Harper (Oregon) will be fighting for the starting spots along with Aubrey Quarles who missed last season because of injury.

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Kansas State’s defense is led by its pair of safeties. Free safety Tysyn Hartman led the team in interceptions and strong safety Emmanuel Lamur led the team in tackles. Senior Stephen Harrison will start at one cornerback spot, with sophomore Darious Thomas likely to start opposite him.

The return of defensive end Brandon Harold has brought some excitement to the line. The 2008 freshman All-American missed last season with an injury but is ready to go once again. The linebacking corps is an area of concern due to their lack of experience and production. Hopes are that Kadero Terrell, a highly touted junior college transfer that missed last season with an injury, will provide a spark and playmaking ability to the unit.

Kansas State is placing a lot of its hopes on new players or those returning from injury. If those players can step in and produce immediately, the Wildcats could have a strong season. If not though, they will likely be on the losing end of most of their games.

Kansas State’s odds to win the Big 12: + 2000

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