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Big 12 notebook: Kansas State names its quarterback

Junior college transfer Jake Waters gets the nod over dual-threat speedster Daniel Sams.
by Anthony Slater Published: August 26, 2013

Jake Waters burst on to the junior college scene last season, quarterbacking Iowa Western to a national title behind record-setting numbers.

This year, he'll get an opportunity to translate that success to the next level.

Waters, who transferred to Kansas State in the offseason, was named the Wildcats' starting quarterback on Monday, beating out dual-threat speedster Daniel Sams.


“Jake just displayed more consistency,” KSU coach Bill Snyder said during the Big 12 teleconference. “In terms of managing the offense, being able to provide the kind of leadership we want and the actual physical aspect of it. It's mental, emotional and physical and there was more consistency in (Jake's) presence during these 24, 25 practices.”


Waters threw for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions at Iowa Western last season, setting an NJCAA record with a 73.3 completion percentage.

Snyder indicated that Sams, while not the starter, would likely still get some snaps.



Across the country, teams are eagerly prepping for college football's highly anticipated opening weekend.

But not in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks instead have a rare Week 1 bye, not opening until Sept. 7 against South Dakota.

But that doesn't seem to bother Charlie Weis, who expressed genuine appreciation for an extra week to prepare his revamped roster for the rigors of the season.

“Normally, I wouldn't like the extra week now,” Weis said. “But because we have so many guys that we're counting on who were junior college guys and just arrived here, I think it's given us an opportunity to take this week and go through a simulated game week as if we're playing this Saturday. In this isolated incident, it really plays, in our case, to our advantage for us in this calendar year.”

KU finished last season on an 11-game losing streak.


As Trevor Knight prepares for his OU debut, talk on Monday's Big 12 teleconference shifted to the debut of some other recent freshman quarterbacks, most notably reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

At this point, it's unfair to compare the two.

But Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was Manziel's offensive coordinator at Texas A&M last season, gave some good insight into when you truly know what you have in a young signal-caller.

“After camp and spring practices, you have a pretty good feel,” Kingsbury explained. “But until the lights come on and you see them out there doing their thing and it's tackle to the ground, you really don't know exactly what you have. And I know last year, on that first drive against Florida with Johnny, we knew we had a good player, but we didn't know we had a great player until then.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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