What You Need To Know About The Kansas State Offense
– The O had its moments. It was able to rise up and rock with 45 points against Oklahoma State and 42 against Texas Tech – the team was 5-1 on the year when scoring 35 or more – but it wasn’t consistent, couldn’t do enough on third downs, and was hit-or-miss up front.
Fortunately, the offensive line has the upside to be far better with all-star tackle Dalton Risner and all five starters back. The line allowed way too many plays behind the line, but it pounded away for a solid year for the ground game that finished second in the Big 12 in rushing.
– The backfield lost all-star FB Winston Dimel, but it’ll still be solid at the position to pave the way for an even stronger ground game. Alex Barnes is a given after leading the team with 819 yards averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and Dalvin Warmack is back after deciding to transfer, and then changing his mind. Throw in rising star Mike McCoy – a 233-pound thumper – and the Wildcats have the running backs. And …
– They have the quarterbacks, too. Rotating quarterbacks hasn’t been too much of a problem in the Bill Snyder era, and that could be the case again with dangerous runner Alex Delton and star sophomore Skylar Thompson both good enough to run the attack.
Delton is a good enough passer to get by, and finished second on the team with 500 rushing yards and eight scores. Thompson ran well, too – with 267 yards and three scores – but he’s the more efficient thrower.
Biggest Key To The Kansas State Offense
Third down conversions. Every team wants and needs to move the chains, but it means something extra for a Kansas State style that lives on time of possession and turnover margin. However, the O converted just 33% of its third down tries, going under 30% six times. In 2016, the offense converted on 45.4% of its chances and was under 30% just once.