Eric Childs is the first to admit that Saturday's Spring Purple-White game is "more for the fans," but he also admits, "I'm excited." And, so are his teammates.
"We want to show the fans what we're all about," said quarterback Carson Coffman. "We want to give our fans something to be excited about. I'm excited to show our fans what I can do ... that I can do it."
On the flip side of the ball, safety Tysyn Hartman said, "We're all excited to go out and show everybody what we have been working for all spring."
All spring heading into Saturday's 3 p.m. Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which will mark the return of coach Bill Snyder to the Wildcat sideline.
"The format will be identical to what we have always done in the past. We will have the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense on one side, and the No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense will be on the other side. The kicking game will be watered down," Snyder said of the format.
Snyder admits that he would rather use the 15th session of the spring for a "hands on" practice where there can be more reps, but he also sees the pluses of game-like conditions with a new staff.
The idea is for the players to get a feel for what a game day will be like in terms of pre-game warm-ups, half-time, and sideline management.
Snyder indicated that all the coaches will be on the field to get as much coaching from the day as possible.
As for play calling, Snyder said that Coffman, and others, "... will be given as much freedom that we feel they can manage."
POSITION OF INTEREST:
Along with eyes being focused on the QB position, also of interest will be K-State's new "thunder and lightning" combination of Jarell Childs and Keithen Valentine at running back.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound redshirt-freshman Childs will be the "thunder" as KSU's No. 2 back, while Valentine, 5-8, 193, will be the "lightning."
"I'm more of a power style and Keithen is really shifty," Childs said. "I'd rather try to run over someone than go around him." Of Childs a native of Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., Valentine said. "He's a threat. He can hit a hole and make a hole. He's going to be great."
Childs, who rushed for 1,580 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year of high school and 1,333 yards as a senior, has been used at both fullback and running back.
Logan Dold started the spring as the No. 2 running back, but is now getting a look-see as a safety.
Also in the running back mix are 5-8, 177-pound Dee Bell and 6-4, 245-pound Braden Wilson.