Losing not only Willis, but Will Davis and Elijah Lee means that the number one defense in the Big 12 last season will have some work to do. One player to watch will be former walk on Trent Tanking. This season he was voted to be a captain after his huge role on special teams and minimal time spent on the defensive side of the ball. He had 12 special team tackles, and a career high 5 tackles and an interception during the TCU game.
Last season, the breakout player on offense for the Wildcats was Byron Pringle. Pringle led the team with 639 receiving yards and was on the 2016 First-Team All-Big 12 for special teams after returning 23 kickoffs for 660 yards and a touchdown. Pairing with Pringle will be 6’4 California transfer Carlos Strickland. He spent his redshirt year at Cal, and will be able to play with 3 years of eligibility for the Wildcats.
One problem for the Wildcats will be the crowded backfield. With Jesse Ertz using his feet, the running back for the wildcats is expected to do a lot more than just run the football. Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon look to be the best runners of the group, combining for 1,0000 yards and 9 touchdowns. Behind those two is scat back, Dalvin Warmack. Those three look to compete for reps early and often when the 2017 season begins.
Some key games for the Wildcats in what could be Bill Snyder’s final season.
Oct. 21- Kansas State vs. Oklahoma – Manhattan, KS
Nov. 11- Kansas State vs. West Virginia – Manhattan, KS
Nov. 18 – Kansas State @ Oklahoma State- Stillwater, OK