K-State has announced that Daniel Sams has been granted a conditional release from his scholarship to transfer to an FCS program near his hometown of Slidell, La.
“Daniel requested to be able to continue his playing career at an FCS institution so that he could be closer to some of his aging family members,” K-State athletics director John Currie said in a press release. “We appreciate his contributions and wish him the best.”
Sams will be able to compete right away and be on scholarship at an FCS school, and he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining. Sams can’t transfer to Stephen F. Austin, a K-State opponent in 2014.
“I am thankful to Coach Snyder for the opportunity I have had here at K-State and also the fans for being so supportive,” Sams said in the relase. “I have become a better teammate, football player and more importantly a better person during my time at K-State, and I want to wish my teammates and coaches nothing but the best next season.”
Sams led all Big 12 quarterbacks with 807 rushing yards last season while splitting time with fellow Wildcat quarterback Jake Waters. He finished third in the Big 12 in total quarterback rating with a mark of 83.4. Sams picked up honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Big 12 coaches.
By Erik Stone
Charles Jones rushed for 77 yards on 20 carries while Jake Waters added a rushing touchdown as the Purple defeated the White 23-13 in the annual Kansas State Spring Football Game before 17,395 Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The Purple got on the board first in a low scoring first half on a 14-yard run by Glenn Gronkowski which made the score 7-0. The lead was 7-3 at halftime after Matthew McCrane put the White team on the board with a 42-yard Field Goal. Unlike past years, Head Coach Bill Snyder did not flip the score at halftime which benefitted the Purple squad as they extended their lead to 14-3 on Waters’ 10-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Most of the scoring took place in the fourth quarter as Jack Cantele booted a 27-yard Field Goal to make the score 17-3 before the White team pulled closer on what proved to be the biggest Offensive play of the day when backup Quarterback Joe Hubener threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Judah Jones making the score 17-10. After Ian Patterson who saw significant playing time in the final three games last season got the White to within 17-13 with a 46-yard Field Goal into a stiff southerly breeze, the Purple ran out the clock and scored on the game’s final play when Defensive End Laton Dowling pushed into the end zone from one yard out, no extra point was attempted providing the final margin of 23-13.
Waters along with the rest of the Purple Offense was described as inconsistent after the game by Snyder as he completed 26 passes on 38 attempts for 227 yards with one interception. Hubener was 11 of 16 for 124 yards while Jesse Ertz completed nine of 13 pass attempts but was sacked four times. Curry Sexton was the game’s leading receiver with eight catches for 88 yards as Tyler Lockett was held out of the game for precautionary reasons.
The game featured a special moment in the third quarter when eight-year old Kaiden Schroeder who is a cancer patient entered the game and with Waters handing off to him he scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Upon reaching the end zone, young Kaiden was mobbed by the entire Kansas State team and was given a loud ovation by the fans.
K-State, coming off an 8-5 record in 2013 and a victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will kick off the 2014 campaign on August 30 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium against Stephen F. Austin.
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Kendall Adams (6-2, 200 DB) – Fort Worth, Texas – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com
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Tyler Ahrens (6-5, 200 WR) – Kerrville, Texas – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com
Terrell Clinkscales (6-4, 315 DL) – Dodge City CC – **** ESPN **** Rivals.com
Zach Davidson (6-5, 215 QB) – Harrisonville, Missouri – — ESPN — Rivals.com
Andre Davis (6-0, 185 WR) – Santa Rosa JC – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com – On campus
D’Vonta Derricott (6-0, 225 LB) – Garden City CC – *** ESPN **** Rivals.com
Winston Dimel (6-2, 200 TE) – Manhattan, Kansas – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Jeb Drost (6-5, 300 OL) – St. Joseph, Missouri – — ESPN — Rivals.com
Luke Hayes (6-6, 295 OL) – Butler CC – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com – On campus
Bryce Fitzner (6-7, 240 OL) – Poway, California – Grayshirt (signed last year)
Dominique Heath (5-9, 175 WR) – Huntersville, North Carolina – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com
Justin Hughes (6-1, 205 LB) – Tucker, Georgia – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com
Terrale Johnson (6-3, 205 OL) – Hutchinson CC – — ESPN — Rivals.com
Elijah Lee (6-3, 210 LB) – Blue Springs, Missouri – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Jesse Mack (6-0, 180 DB) – Highland CC – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Danzel McDaniel (6-1, 205 DB) – Dodge City CC – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com – On campus
Colby Moore (6-1, 200 ATH) – Argyle, Texas – — ESPN ** Rivals.com
Kaleb Prewett (6-2, 195 DB) – Blue Springs, Missouri – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
C.J. Reese (6-4, 260 DL) – San Antonio, Texas – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Zach Reuter (6-3, 190 WR) – Columbia, Missouri – *** ESPN — Rivals.com
Isaiah Riddle (6-3, 235 LB) – Scottsdale CC – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Dalton Risner (6-4, 290 OL) – Wiggins, Colorado – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Alec Ruth (6-6, 280 OL) – Highlands Ranch, Colorado – *** ESPN ** Rivals.com
Samuel Sizelove (6-3, 230 LB) – Argyle, Texas – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
Dayton Valentine (6-4, 260 TE) – Baldwin City, Kansas – Grayshirt (signed last year)
Dalvin Warmack (5-9, 183 RB) – Blue Springs, Missouri – *** ESPN *** Rivals.com
K-State’s regular season schedule for the 2014 football season will last from August to December, includes two Thursday night games and will include five Saturday’s without a game. The slate is highlighted by a match up with Auburn on Thursday, September 18th.
The Wildcats’ Big 12 home games will be against Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas, while K-State hits the road to play Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, West Virginia and Baylor. The game with Iowa State on September 6th will be just the second game of the season.
There are plenty of home games on the schedule early, with K-State leaving home just twice in the first two months of the season. K-State will then be on the road three times in the final month of the season.
Six bowl eligible teams from last season are on the schedule, including three teams that played in BCS bowl games.
There has been strong fan reaction against the Auburn game being moved to Thursday, but K-State Athletic Director John Currie told fans in his latest “Letter from the A.D.” that a chance to play in the national spotlight was a big reason for the change.
“Schools very similar to K-State, like Virginia Tech and Clemson, have dramatically enhanced their programs’ (and school) national brand position over the last 20 years by playing Thursday night games at home almost every year,” Currie said in the letter.
The regular season opens on August 30th when the Wildcats host Stephen F. Austin.
August 30th – STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
September 6th – at Iowa State
September 13th – BYE
September 18th – AUBURN
September 27th – UTEP
October 4th – TEXAS TECH
October 11th – BYE
October 18th – at Oklahoma
October 25th – TEXAS
November 1st – OKLAHOMA STATE
November 8th – at TCU
November 15th – BYE
November 20th – at West Virginia
November 29th – KANSAS
December 6th – at Baylor
Marcus Foster scored 23 points and Thomas Gipson had 19, but the star of the show was Juwan Staten who had a career high 35 points as West Virginia avenged an earlier loss and knocked off Kansas State 81-71 Saturday at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.
The Wildcats trailed 39-31 at halftime and the deficit grew to 10 early in the second half before a rally cut it to one point in the final five minutes. However, the Mountaineers were able to put together a run and salt the game away.
Kansas State (15-7, 5-4) will next be in action on February 8 when they welcome Texas to Bramlage Coliseum. The Number 25 ranked Longhorns handed sixth-ranked Kansas their first Big 12 loss 81-69 on Saturday in Austin.
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