5 Kansas State Wildcats to Watch This Week Against Auburn

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Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) runs the ball in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

#15 Jake Waters, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Senior, Quarterback

It took nearly the entire 2013 season, but Jake Waters finally cemented himself as the starting quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats. Waters, a transfer from Western Community College, started all 13 games last year for the Wildcats but he was still forced to split time behind center with Daniel Sams.

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  • Towards the end of the season, Waters emerged as the team’s top signal caller and Sams has since transferred. Waters completed 61.2% of his passes for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013, but he was also intercepted nine times. The senior showed some running ability last year with 312 rushing yards and six touchdowns. But he has become a true dual threat through two games this season.

    So far in 2014, Waters has 37 carries – which leads the team by far – for 193 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 138 yards and two scores in Week 2 against Iowa State and also threw for 239 yards. That day, Waters earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.

    “I don’t think we ever felt like he couldn’t run the ball,” head coach Bill Snyder told the Kansas City Star last week. “ I have known all along, and everyone in here in our program has known, that he has the capacity to do both. It wasn’t a surprise to us. It is a surprise to me that it is a surprise to anyone else.”

    Waters will put pressure on the Auburn Tigers’ defense with both his arms and his legs. The senior QB has a great deal of ability, but he won’t have to do everything alone.