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Touchdown Tuesday: Looking Ahead

Football season is coming to a close and people are already looking forward to next year — and I’m no exception. I can’t wait for next football season when I get to spend my Saturdays in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, cheering on K-State.

Already, my excitement is starting to build. While I was watching the National Championship game, I couldn’t help but watch Auburn not just as another team, but as the team that K-State would be playing soon. On Sept. 20, 2014, I’ll be doing the Wabash along with my fellow students, watching K-State play a team coming of a nation championship run.

So here it is. I’m excited for next season and I have hope. Now, I may be a bit biased but I think we may have one of the top coaches in the country. I know Terrell Clinkscales agrees with me (more on that later). Bill Snyder takes a team every year that is underappreciated and turns them into something great.

Snyder is able to take a team filled with unrecruited freshman and junior college transfers and gets them to compete in the Big 12, year in and year out. In addition to having Snyder coming back, we get to keep Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett.

Over the course of the season, I watched as Jake Waters continued to mature and take over the starting job. He matured from a quarterback that threw the ball well and made smart decisions to someone who carried the team and helped produce first downs.

Tyler Lockett is continuing to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and be a terror to defend. Defenses still struggle with his speed and agility. As this dynamic duo continues to build confidence and trust, their numbers will only grow.

And then there’s Daniel Sams. Although he only got a limited number of snaps, he is simply electric. When he enters the ball game, people expect the run. Even against these strong defenses, he can still shake them out of their cleats and bolt past them.

Now on to Clinkscales and the K-State defense. The Lynch Mob that started with Arthur Brown and continued with Ty Zimmerman is coming back with a force. The headline this offseason was the number one defensive tackle in the country coming out of junior college who recently decommitted from Nebraska and committed to K-State.

Yep, another junior college transfer. That’s what our team is built on. Heart and underdogs who perform more than anyone thinks they will. So yes, it may be freezing outside and college football has been done for weeks, but I’m already looking forward to next year.

For now, I’ll keep myself satisfied with highlight reels.

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