Klieman takes over for legend Bill Snyder as Wildcat coach
Editor’s note: The following article is the 10th in a series of previews of West Virginia’s football opponents for the 2019 season.
The departure of legendary head coach Bill Snyder signals a new era at Kansas State this fall.
Chris Klieman, who capture four FCS titles over the past five seasons at North Dakota State, is now in charge of the Wildcats.
“He provided a really good spark for our football team right off the bat,” K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson said during the offseason.
“Our whole team is already on board.”
Thompson, a junior, and new offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham will look to ignite a Kansas State offense which ranked last in the Big 12 Conference last season in scoring with 22.5 ppg.
With one of last year’s top receivers, Isaiah Zuber, transfering to Mississippi State, Dalton Schoen and Malik Knowles will look to lead the receiver spots, while a pair of graduate transfers — James Gilbert and Jordon Brown — should help with the running game.
Gilbert rushed for nearly 3,000 yards during his career at Ball State, and Brown formerly suited up for North Carolina.
The offensive line should be solid as Scott Frantz and Adam Holtorf are back at left tackle and center, respectively.
Defensively, a pair of three-year starters return up front in Trey Dishon and Reggie Walker.
However, questions remain at linebacker and in the secondary.
Da’Quan Patton and Elijah Sullivan return with experience at linebacker but depth at that position is a concern.
Patton led the team with 70 stops last season.
Three starters also must replaced in the secondary.
Holdovers A.J. Parker (corner) and Denzel Goolsby (safety) will look to provide leadership with some new faces in place.