2017 Kansas State Wildcats Offense QB: Patrick Robertson and Carlos Johnson are near identical as they are both pocket passers, both with 87 Thp but Robertson is going to edge out Johnson with his 92 Tha, but Johnson will be more than capable with 91 Tha. I wish I could start FR QB Reed with 92 Thp and 85 Tha but I think he should take the bench for a season, we'll see. HB/FB: With Dixon, Walker, and Leverett all leaving after last season we have a familiar face in Perry (who took over for an injured Leverett last season) and a new backup power back in Marcus Fuqua. Perry showed his explosive speed and elusiveness last season and he only got better over the off-season. 3rd String Eddie Wilson could also see some PT as he has some decent abilities. FB Josh Smith has 85 Speed and 85 Accel so he will be useful in the run game at times as well. WR/TE: With the departure of Roach and Vaughn, once a slot receiver, now the #1 as Mike Hall will step into the spotlight, he has shown great break away and hands last season. Mike Williams, who returned Kicks and Punts last season comes in as one of the fastest WR we have with 96 speed, 94 accel and he has decent catching ability. Our slot guy looks to be more the possession type with 92 CIT, 92 Spec Catch and 89 RTE. Not a whole lot to say about the TE except they are pretty average and will make the nice play on occasion. O Line: Improved since last year, finally have someone over 80 overall. I can handle the run game well without a good line but I need them to block the pass rush for me and we will repeat what we had a couple of seasons ago. Looking to recruit quite a few lineman this year. Defense D Line: The greatest DE in KSU history was drafted in the 2nd round and his place will be tough to fill. Tony Cook and Travis Donaldson showed promise when they were brought in last season so I can only hope they can overcome their average ratings. The middle of the line is excellent, making me think we should change to a 4-3 Multiple as both are rated 85 overall, with former DE Randall Thomas moving over a spot into a position that looks more natural for him. He boasts 91 BSD, 83 POW, 84 FIN while his counterpart Brown boasts 88 BSD, 91 POW, and 89 FIN. This looks to be a great group and I hope they can bring the pressure and hold that line. LB: Chris Barber lead the OLB with 93 acceleration that makes him better than he is rated, with this kind of burst he is usually the first to the ball carrier and if he doesn't bring him down, others like Stewart and Clarke can be there to lay a big hit. Backing up the DT is MLB McLaurin who showed promise last year as he was thrusted into the starting position. He, like Barber, shows great burst with 92 accel. This LB Corps is full of players with excellent burst, so they swarm to the ball carrier and can hopefully take him down with their average tackling ability, they didn't do too bad last season after all. DB: My CBs are sick, absolutely disgusting lol. Medlock bailed on us for the draft but Eaton and Swain decided they would stay. Eaton is a stud this year, he already broke the single season INT record at KSU and now returns with 93 speed, 94 accel, 91 jump, 98 Man, and 99 Zone while on the other side of the field CB Swain shows off 92 spd, 96 accel, 90 jump, 91 pursuit, 93 prc, 91 man, 93 zone and 96 press. Hell even the #3 has 98 man, 92 zone and 92 press so if I have three CB out there they better make a play. Did I also mention Eaton and Swain are homegrown right here in KS. Now to the middle of the secondary with FS Carlso Brown who gets the nod upon the departure of Lee, Brown is speedy with decent tackling and coverage and is backed up by newcomer JR Nelson who is good with coverage and speed but not so much tackling. And now that our star SS has also been drafted, former FS Harrington moved over the SS spot and will be a great contribution with 94 accel, 92 hit power and 97 pursuit, he also has decent coverage in 84 man, 80 zone and 93 press. That said, this secondary will really make me mad if they give up a lot of deep balls. ST: Williams and Perry will most likely return kicks/punts. Kicker Rankin is our highest rated player at 95 overall and boasts 96 Kpw and Kac, he better not miss any FG this year. Dawson will be out punter this year and has a nice 87 Kpw. Predicitions: While we still lack on the O Line, we have a great players pretty much everywhere else. I am making a run for that Big XII Trophy this season. We almost did it two years ago so it's time to Restore that Roar! I expect to not have worse than a 10-2 record.