August 27, 2006
Rating the Wildcats: Offense
Every program in college football has strengths and weaknesses heading into the 2006 season. Even top-rated teams such as Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC have questions to be answered, and it's no different at Kansas State. Wildcat fans have plenty of reason to be excited about the offensive side of the ball, particularly with Jordy Nelson set to star at wide receiver, but there are plenty of questions that need to be answered as well.
Pros: Senior Dylan Meier has proven that he can be a productive quarterback at the Big 12 Conference level as K-State's starter in 2004. Meier put up more than respectable numbers and showed solid leadership skills despite battling serious injuries throughout the course of the season.
The 6-foot-2 senior now appears to be fully healthy and seemed to improve throughout fall camp. True freshman Josh Freeman is a special talent with the size and skill to eventually be one of the conference's top signal callers and is physically ready to play despite his youth.
Cons: Meier is experienced, but he hasn't been on the field in a game situation for quite some time after missing all of the 2005 campaign. Although it's not a question of toughness, Meier has had a hard time staying healthy and will be tested in that respect once again behind what could be a shaky offensive line. With only two quarterbacks physically capable of playing depth is a concern, especially when taking into consideration Meier's injury history.
It's also impossible to know how Freeman will react when the game is being played at full speed.
Overall rating: 8.0/10 Meier truly does have what it takes...
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