Yamon "Figurs" to be Big Part of Offense

Figurs still learning new Wildcat offense

K-State wide receiver Yamon Figurs stood in the K-State media room after Saturday's 27-13 win over Western Kentucky and looked like a player who had arrived in major college football.


Yamon "Figurs" to be Big Part of Offense

By Nick Bratkovic

Special to Purple Pride

K-State wide receiver Yamon Figurs stood in the K-State media room after Saturday's 27-13 win over Western Kentucky and looked like a player who had arrived in major college football. He looked like a player that had made the difficult transition from junior college football to the division one ranks look easy.

For four quarters Saturday night, Figurs lined up at wide receiver and ran his routes. He caught passes and made his debut in the K-State lineup. After the game, Figurs wore that K-State trademark post-game jacket and tie, which players have worn through 15 years of the Bill Snyder era.

Figurs talked with members of the media and offered this summation of his performance. "The game was OK," he said. Then, Figurs talked about his first catch in a K-State uniform. The catch occurred seven plays into the game.

On a first down play, sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier dropped back to pass and threw the ball to Figurs on an out route. Figurs caught the ball and stepped out of bounds after picking up 13 yards and a first down. Later Figurs said he was relieved to have the first catch of his career out of the way.

The pass play started a successful debut for both players. Figurs finished the game with five catches for 84 yards and led all K-State players in receiving. Meier was 12-of-18 passing for 183 yards in the game. He left the game with an injury during the fourth quarter. After the game, Meier said he wasn't necessarily looking for Figurs on pass plays.

"That is how it all unfolded," Meier said. "I wasn't looking for one guy." The quarterback/receiver combination, though, couldn't help but think about the pass that got away.

In the third quarter Figurs and Meier missed on a pass play that would have resulted in a touchdown. Meier said the ball slipped out of his hand. Figurs said he struggled to keep his feet in bounds while attempting to make the catch.

"I had the ball and he came and knocked the ball out of my hands," Figurs said. "I was trying to keep my feet in and he knocked it from underneath. I just dropped it."

Still, Figurs' performance was a good start for a receiver that is trying to become the latest in a successful line of junior college transfer wide receivers at K-State. The list includes Darnell MacDonald, Quincy Morgan and a few others. The team's ability to find quality wide receivers at the junior college ranks has helped K-State win 11 games in six of the last seven seasons.

Snyder said Figurs' was average.

"Yamon did alright," Snyder said. "It was a little uneventful, he made some mistakes in the way he linedup." Figurs should be in the starting lineup when K-State plays Fresno State at 11 a.m. Saturday. K-State needs to play much better next week to win and remain undefeated, Snyder said.

On a personal note, Figurs should be able to play next week's game with a sense of relief that Hurricane Frances is over. Figurs is from Lakeland, Fla., and his family still lives there. He said he talked to his mother Saturday and his family is trying to stay positive through the second Hurricane to hit south Florida in less than a month.


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