July 8, 2007
Prince needs kicker to step forward
Arguably one of the biggest questions facing Kansas State coach Ron Prince heading into the 2007 season is at kicker, a spot where the Wildcats have plenty of options but no decision on a starter. Check on that position in this installment of the Wildcats' most important players, plus a look at likely contributors on both the offensive and defensive lines.
19. PLACE KICKER
Yes, it is a cop-out to just list the kicker position instead of a single player, but there's truly no telling at this time just who the Wildcats will count on to replace the productive Jeff Snodgrass. Senior Tim Schwerdt would likely be considered the favorite but is by no means a lock to hold off Jared Parker, Brooks Rossman or incoming freshman Josh Cherry.
Snodgrass was not only reliable last season but also a threat from long range; his 50-plus yard field goal late in K-State's 45-42 win over Texas proved crucial, and it's yet to be seen if any of the Wildcats' candidates at the position have the ability to make that kind of kick.
Perhaps one player to watch in particular is Parker, who if nothing else should handle kickoffs. Already an important portion of the game, now Parker's job is even more critical with kickoffs moved back to allow more returns.
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