2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Collin Klein-QB, Braden Wilson-FB/TE, Angelo Pease-RB, Chris Harper-WR, Travis Tannahill-TE, Anthony Cantele-K
DEFENSE: Adam Davis-DE, Vai Lutui-DT, John Sua-DT, Javonta Boyd-DT, Meshak Williams-DE, Arthur Brown-LB, Jarell Childs-LB, Justin Tuggle-LB, Allen Chapman-CB, Nigel Malone-CB, Jarard Milo-SS, Ryan Doerr-P
WR Tyler Lockett
Offensive Line / Return Game

The offensive line was considered to be somewhat of a project heading into 2012 but performed well in most games giving Klein plenty of pass protection. Everyone is back again and this really bodes well for the development of the new man behind center. This is the nation's No. 1 punt return unit and kick return unit thanks to Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson.

Quarterback / Defense

Heisman finalist Collin Klein has finally moved on. The battle to replace him involves some legit talents but there is no erasing what Klein meant to this team. The defense will be in complete rebuilding phase. The loses on this side of the ball are extremely heavy and a big reason KSU takes a drop in the polls.

DB Ty Zimmerman
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Daniel Sams-So (6-2, 207) Jake Waters-Jr (6-1, 210)
RB John Hubert-Sr (5-7, 191) DeMarcus Robinson-Jr (5-7, 209)
WR Curry Sexton-Jr (5-10, 181) Deante Burton-RFr (6-2, 205)
WR Tyler Lockett-Jr (5-11, 175) (KR) Torell Miller-Sr (6-2, 216)
WR Tramaine Thompson-Sr (5-8, 167) Kyle Klein-So (6-4, 210)
TE Zach Trujillo-Jr (6-5, 256) Andre McDonald-Sr (6-8, 278) / Zach Nemecheck-Jr (6-3, 243) (FB)
OT Cornelius Lucas-Sr (6-9, 328) William Cooper-Sr (6-4, 307)
OG Boston Stiverson-So (6-4, 312) Will Ash-RFr (6-2, 338)
C B.J. Finney-Jr (6-4, 303) Tomasi Mariner-Jr (6-4, 327)
OG Keenan Taylor-Sr (6-4, 290) Aderius Epps-RFr (6-1, 311)
OT Cody Whitehair-So (6-4, 309) Tavon Rooks-Sr (6-5, 280)
K Jack Cantele-So (6-0, 192) Matthew McCrane-Fr (5-10, 165)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Ryan Mueller-Jr (6-2, 245) Alauna Finau-Sr (6-1, 258)
DT Travis Britz-So (6-4, 293) Demontre Hood-RFr (6-0, 303)
DT Chaquil Reed-Sr (6-3, 309) Xavier Gates-So (6-3, 316)
DE Marquel Bryant-So (6-3, 241) Laton Dowling-Jr (6-3, 254)
OLB Blake Slaughter-Sr (5-10, 227) Will Davis-RFr (6-0, 223)
MLB Tre Walker-Sr (6-3, 225) Mike Moore-So (6-1, 217)
WLB Jonathan Truman-Jr (5-11, 219) Nick Ramirez-Fr (6-1, 228)
CB Kip Daily-Sr (5-11, 180) Morgan Burns-So (5-11, 195) / Nate Jackson-Jr (5-11, 185)
CB Randall Evans-Jr (6-0, 190) Carl Miles-Sr (5-11, 190)
SS Dante Barnett-So (6-1, 186) Dakorey Johnson-Jr (6-2, 200)
FS Ty Zimmerman-Sr (6-1, 204) Cameron Morgan-RFr (5-9, 194)
P Mark Krause-Jr (5-11, 218) Ethan Hammes-Jr (5-9, 197)


  • The obvious Manhattan monster question is who will spell Collin Klein at quarterback? Will it be new JUCO commitment Jake Waters, the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year? Waters is considered to be the No. 1 pro-style JUCO quarterback in the nation. Or will it be Daniel Sams, the all-purpose runner, thrower, receiver who was the best high school offensive player to come out of the New Orleans in 2010? Expect a very heated battle with the ripples of the outcome to reach far and wide as to how far the Cats can travel next season.
  • Receiver Tyler Lockett is a burner who can get loose downfield and Tramaine Thompson can run too. The deep ball option will be alive and well.
  • The KSU rushing stats were bolstered by Klein running with the ball. Senior John Hubert tapered off down the 2012 stretch but he will bring a much-needed degree of experience to this young backfield. Outside of Hubert, experienced ball carriers are slim.
  • Some might be wondering just how Kansas State could fall completely out of a Top 25 poll already for next year. Well, they might not depending on the poll. But they certainly will tumble out of the Top 10 based mostly on the huge personnel losses that include Heisman finalist Collin Klein and maybe even more important a gutted defense.
  • Teams just don't lose All-Conference talents like Adam Davis, Meshak Williams, Arthur Brown and Nigel Malone without taking a drop-off. With only three starters set to return on defense getting an encore Top 10 performance isn't likely. KSU just graduated a tremendous senior class.
  • Coaches will be looking for two new starting cornerbacks outside of making nickel back Randall Evans a full time starter. Ty Zimmerman is an All-American performer that needs to come back healthy for his senior year after being lost with a leg injury in early November.



Aug. 30 - North Dakota State
Sept. 7 - Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 14 - Massachusetts
Sept. 21 - at Texas
Oct. 5 - at Oklahoma State
Oct. 12 - Baylor
Oct. 26 - West Virginia
Nov. 2 - Iowa State
Nov. 9 - at Texas Tech
Nov. 16 - TCU
Nov. 23 - Oklahoma
Nov. 30 - at Kansas