Best Kansas State Offensive Player
OT Dalton Risner, Sr.
The best blocker on a veteran line that should among the best in the Big 12 – if everyone stays healthy – the 6-5, 300-pound Risner is a three-time all-star who’s a rock for the front.
Durable, quick, and consistent, he’s been the team’s right tackle from the start of his career, but he could work on the left side if needed. While he’s solid for the ground game, he’s at his best keeping defenders out of the backfield.
2. QB Alex Delton, Jr.
3. RB Alex Barnes, Jr.
4. QB Skylar Thompson, Soph.
5. WR Isaiah Zuber, Jr.
Best Kansas State Defensive Player
DE Reggie Walker, Jr.
The 6-2, 242-pound all-star end wasn’t a statistical star, but he was fine, making 36 tackles with two sacks and six tackles for loss. The numbers don’t tell the whole story; he has to be dealt with on a regular basis and schemed for after a breakout freshman year with 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Quick off the ball, he’ll be the lead star on a line that needs to do more to get into the backfield. However, the ends are solid in what should be a great rotation. Walker won’t have to do it all by himself.
2. CB Duke Shelley, Sr.
3. DT Trey Dishon, Jr.
4. S Denzel Goolsby, Jr.
5. LB Elijah Sullivan, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Drew Wiley, Soph.
Trey Dishon is a solid interior defender with 6-2, 311-pound size to be an anchor, and now it’s up to the 6-4, 295-pound Wiley to be a stud at the other tackle spot.
While he didn’t do much in his true freshman season, he got his feet wet as a backup, making three tackles in his limited work. Great this spring, he has to be an interior pass rusher and has to shine with the backup situation a bit of a concern.
Key Game To The Kansas State Season
At West Virginia, Sept. 22
The Wildcats have lost the last two to the Mountaineers, struggling through a 17-16 Big 12 opener in 2016 and losing 28-23 last year. This time around, if Kansas State is good enough to be a player in the conference race, it needs to be good enough to get to the Mountaineers at 3-0 after beating South Dakota, Mississippi State and UTSA at home.
With road games at Oklahoma and TCU still to deal with, and with Texas coming up next, this is when Kansas State can make a huge statement in the Big 12 race.
2017 Kansas State Fun Stats
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 13-of-24 (54%) – Kansas State 3-of-9 (33%)
– Punt Return Average: Kansas State 13.6 yards – Opponents 5.7 yards
– Passing Yards: Opponents 4,018 – Kansas State 2,259