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Snyder does a good job of rotating the

Posted by: elvafeng on 11/18/2016 7:54 AM

Baylor faces Big 12 rival Kansas State on Saturday. As the last home game of the season, it will also serve as senior night. Here are five things for Baylor fans to know about the Wildcats before Saturday s game.

1. Dual threat QB. In actuality, junior quarterback Jesse Ertz might be more of a runner who throws than a thrower who runs. He has seven passing touchdowns this season but nine on the ground. He has completed 56.8 percent of his passes and thrown four interceptions but leads KSU in rushing attempts and yards. Kansas State as a whole has struggled to run the offense this season, going through communication issues early on. That problem seemed to solve itself as soon as the Wildcats hit the meat of their conference schedule, though that might have more to do with Big 12 defenses than anything.

2. The great and powerful. How can you make a list about Kansas State football and not include head coach Bill The Purple Wizard Snyder? The man whose name is already on the Kansas State stadium is again leading the Wildcats above expectations with a 5 4 record. He was one of the innovators of the spread offense Tion Wright Jersey, even inspiring Urban Meyer, but has adapted it to a spread option when he has more of a running quarterback like Ertz. The Hall of Famer will surely have his team ready for Saturday.

3. Incoming. With freshman quarterback Zach Smith starting for Baylor in place of the injured Seth Russell, the Baylor offensive line will need to keep the young QB protected to keep him from getting skittish in the pocket. That will be a difficult task against Kansas State s senior defensive end, Jordan Willis. The 6 foot 5, 250 pound end s nine sacks put him in a tie for ninth most in the country. Smith will need to make sure he is aware of where Willis is on the field at all times because the rest of the Wildcats only have nine sacks between them.

4. Balanced run game. Behind leading rusher and QB Ertz, Kansas State does a good job of getting a lot of guys touches in the run game. Charles Jones gets the lion s share of the carries with 95 for 509 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Silmon, Alex Barnes and Dalvin Warmack split duties behind Jones. Fullback Winston Dimel is Kansas State s goal line back, with 19 rushes for 53 yards and eight touchdowns. No one back will get too tired as the game winds down because Snyder does a good job of rotating them around.

5. Kicking it around. Kansas State s place kicker Matthew McCrane is a very reliable kicker, but only from a certain distance. He has not missed a single extra point attempt or field goal from within 40 yards this season, though on kicks of 40 or longer he has only made one of four attempts. With a long this season of 42, Kansas State needs to get the ball to the 25 to be within field goal range.

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