Kansas State coach Bill Snyder knows the drill. He’s been to Big 12 media days many times during his Hall of Fame career.
The Wildcats arrive for their appearance on Tuesday. They likely will be the spiffiest team in the building with their matching purple blazers.
Snyder will be interviewed by media members at 11:50 a.m. He’ll be joined by quarterback Jesse Ertz, tackle Dalton Risner, linebacker Trent Tanking, cornerback DJ Reed and tight end Dayton Valentine.
Here are some questions to watch for when the Wildcats appear.
Will Snyder acknowledge his own mortality?
After being diagnosed with throat cancer in April, the 77-year-old coach is back for the start of his 27th season as KSU’s coach. He isn’t around the football complex as much as earlier in his career, but it’s clear he’s in charge. The oldest FBS coach hates to talk about himself or his remarkable building job at KSU. Will he steer clear of these questions when questions about his own future are bound to be a storyline.
What will change with Dana Dimel in charge of the offense?
The former Wyoming and Kansas coach takes over as the Wildcats’ sole play caller after the retirement of co-offensive coordinator Del Miller. Will the transition result in featuring Jesse Ertz’s passing more than before? Or will it merely continue as what we’ve typically seen from KSU’s teams. we’ve typically seen from KSU’s teams.
Do the Wildcats have any linebackers who can play?
KSU loses All-Big 12 LB Elijah Lee and Charmeachealle Moore who served as the foundation of their defense last season. With no starters back at linebacker and nickelback, will Snyder be fazed by the changes? Or can trusted defensive coordinator Tom Hayes find more players to fill in — like he always seems to do.
Is sophomore RB Alex Barnes poised to become one of the Big 12’s top backs?
In limited use last season, Barnes led the Big 12 with a 7.9-yard per carry rushing average. If healthy, he could develop into a 1,000-yard back. And if he continues that growth, the Wildcats’ running game will be the foundation of the team’s Big 12 title hopes.
How much better will KSU offensive line be with some experience?
Missing four starters and two key backups from the previous season, most expected struggles for KSU’s offensive line last season. Instead they averaged 232 rushing yards per game in their most productive effort since 2002. They are poised to be much better with four starters back in what should be one of the team’s biggest strengths.