head coach Bill Snyder came out with a bit of a surprise at Tuesday's press
conference when the wide receiver two-deep was released.
A couple of names listed are obvious names anyone would have
expected to see even at midsummer. However, one name absent from the three
starting receivers was senior Antoine Polite's.
After making quite the splash last season as a true No. 2
receiving threat when pulling in 29 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown,
many thought Polite would be an easy choice to take over the top target for the
departed James Terry.
But Polite is penciled in as a backup to incoming sophomore
Yamon Figurs, who has been said to have 4.29 40-yard speed.
Junior Davin Dennis and sophomore Jermaine Moreira are the
other two starting receivers. Dennis is a speed receiver and made the most
offensive impact in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when he grabbed seven receptions
for 114 yards. Moreira played last season as a true freshman and quickly made a
name for himself with his blazing speed while recording 17 receptions for 277
yards. Moreira was fourth in all-purpose yards last year with 497 yards.
Snyder said he thinks the
situation at receiver has sorted itself out and that many of them are
interchangeable for the most part.
"I think there's a balance of
ability within that group that could lead you to believe that it could be an
ever-changing depth chart in regards to who's at the top of the list," he said.
"I think they are close enough in terms of performance, but it can be somewhat
Seniors Tony Madison and Joe
Lawson are listed as backups, along with Polite. Madison came in with Terry several years ago, but has been absent
from the field since. One bright spot with Madison is that he's the only receiver with real NFL size, coming
in 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. Lawson saw limited time last season, but was a reliable
reserve off the bench.
"I think all of our receivers can
play," sophomore backup quarterback Allen Webb said. "They attack the ball, and Davin is just an
awesome player. Tony is a big guy, and
he has a nice vertical. So they're
definitely guys that are going to get the ball."
Junior receiver Jesse Martinez,
who is also the starting punter, said the competition at receiver so far will
make K-State better in the end.
"We have about 14 receivers for
just three spots, sometimes four, depending on the formation," he said. "The
competition will make us a better receiving core. Everyone has to practice hard
and play hard because you never know when you could drop in the depth chart.
There are spots to be gained every day."
Despite losing go-to receiver James Terry from last season, K-State might have the most depth at receiver it has seen in years when it opens the season against Western Kentucky Saturday.