Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t a fan of releasing a depth chart, but he did provide one crucial bit of information for Saturday’s opener against North Dakota State. Junior college transfer Jake Waters will start over Daniel Sams, but both quarterbacks are expected to play.
Sams was believed to be the frontrunner to start the opener, but the sophomore missed some practice time, which allowed Waters to pull ahead for the starting job.
Waters was a huge pickup on the recruiting trail for Kansas State. Last year at Iowa Western, he threw for 3,501 yards and 39 touchdowns, while tossing only three picks on 333 attempts. Waters also completed 73.7 percent of his throws.
Sams is the better athlete between the two quarterbacks, but Waters can move around in the pocket as well.
Could the starting spot change hands later in the year? It’s possible. However, for now, Waters will take the first snap. And Sams will play a handful of snaps in the opener in a backup role.