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Surprise, surprise: K-State is 4-0


By Mitch Light

When Kansas State was trailing Eastern Kentucky, 7–3, late in the fourth quarter back in Week 1, even the most optimistic Wildcat fan would have had a tough time envisioning that this team would be 4–0 and that the K-State offense would be capable of scoring 28 points and 36 points in back-to-back wins over Miami (Fla.) and Baylor.

But that is exactly where the Wildcats find themselves, thanks in large part to the emergence of junior Collin Klein. The dual-threat quarterback has thrown only two interceptions in 85 attempts and is averaging over 100 yards rushing per game. In the 36–35 win over Baylor, Klein threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns and added 113 yards on the ground and another score. Not bad for a guy who was almost moved to wide receiver during spring practice.

The Wildcats are also getting solid production from the tailback position — but the man carrying the load is sophomore John Hubert, not former (over)hyped recruit Bryce Brown. The diminutive Hubert — he’s listed at 5-7, 185 — beat out Brown, a transfer from Tennessee, in preseason camp and has carried the ball 60 times for 343 yards in four games. Brown, meanwhile, has not had a carry since the opener and was not with the team during Saturday’s win over Baylor.

While Brown has been a bust, his brother, linebacker Arthur Brown — another transfer (from Miami) and former decorated recruit — has been playing extremely well in his first season back in his native Kansas. In the win against Baylor, Brown made three key plays in the fourth quarter, including an interception with the Cats trailing 35–33 with under six minutes remaining.

“He plays inspired football, and … he has a nose for the football,” says 72-year-old K-State coach Bill Snyder. “He knows how to find it and goes and gets it.”

Despite its hot start, Kansas State isn’t considered by most to be a legitimate threat in the Big 12. On the other hand, the Wildcats appear well on their way to exceeding the expectations placed on them by a certain preseason publication (hint: it starts with Athlon and ends with Sports) that predicted a ninth-place finish in the league.


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