Head coach and football icon at Kansas State, Bill Snyder is considered by many as one of the best
coaches in the nation when it comes to getting the most out of his players and
playing fundamental, hard-nosed football.
The 72-year-old coach came back to Kansas State in 2009
after coaching the Wildcats for 16 years from 1989-2005. In just three years he has taken Kansas
State to two bowls and won ten games in 2011.
The Wildcats aren’t losing many key players either. Senior wide receiver Sheldon Smith had
177 receiving yards on 22 receptions and one touchdown. Highly touted but disappointing running
Back Bryce brown was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as the 229th
pick overall, but didn’t contribute much at all as he had 12 total yards in the
The talented quarterback-running back duo of Collin Klein and John Hubert will both be returning for next years season. Klein rushed for 1141 yards and was
almost unstoppable in the red zone with 27 rushing touchdowns. The speedy halfback Hubert, who stands
just 5’7” tall rushed for 970 yards and three touchdowns.
Kansas State also returns their top three receivers Chris Harper, Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett
who had 547, 338 and 246 yards , respectively, through
the air last season respectively.
The Wildcats won ten games last year by running the ball,
playing sound defense and keeping themselves in each game. Of their ten wins in 2011, eight of them
were won by ten points or less. As
long as Snyder is coaching, fundamentals and team mentality is expected and for
the most part, is achieved.
Recruiting has always been a problem when it comes to
reeling in a top 25 class to Manhattan, Kansas, but
this hasn’t seemed to bother Snyder as he continues to develop players who
weren’t recruited by powerhouse schools.
For the 2012 recruiting class, the Wildcats got their best
talent from the state of Texas.
Three star OG Aderius Epps (Cedar Hill, TX),
three star MLB Will Davis (Southlake, TX) and three star
TE Cody Small (Cypress, TX) all could become contributors next year.
With just about all their key players returning from a team
that was very close to earning a BCS bowl bid, the Wildcats could be in for
another exciting season in 2012.
Big 12 season record
Given wins: Missouri
State, North Texas, Kansas
Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor,
Probable losses: Oklahoma,
My prediction: 9-3