“I think this kid would have beaten Collin Klein out last year. It is exciting that Jake Waters won this job! I think this kid has a chance to be something special.”
Kevin Kietzman, on KSU’s first-year quarterback from Iowa Western Community College, 810 AM
GH: Many Wildcat fans thought Daniel Sams would be the man to replace the Heisman’s second runner-up but Waters outplayed him according to Bill Snyder. Is Kietzman being a bit goofy in saying Waters would have beat out Klein last season? Sure, but that’s what fans do.
“Like (Michael) Bishop, Waters is coming off a national juco championship. Waters engineered Iowa Western on an undefeated title run a year ago, throwing for 3,501 yards, including a 32-of-40 performance for 306 yards in the national championship game against Butler. … If Waters comes out against North Dakota State on Friday and directs the Wildcats to six touchdowns on their first seven possessions, then we’ll talk. That’s what Bishop did in his K-State debut, at Northern Illinois.”
Kevin Haskin, columnist, Topeka Capital Journal
GH: Haskin sounds a bit more realistic about Waters’ potential than Kietzman. But make no mistake, the Purple People expect great things from Waters and the Cats this season. The Big 12 coaches picked them to finish sixth? So who is right?
“Some rough patches await, just like with any new quarterback, including Bishop once. Yet that is where Snyder comes in. He’s capable of smoothing Waters.”
Kevin Haskin, columnist, Topeka Capital Journal
GH: Some believe Snyder is capable of walking on water. It will be fun to watch and see if Snyder can do what he did with the Collin Klein naysayers – keep Waters from turning into whines.
“I’m calling ten wins and a repeat. No shared big 12 title with (Oklahoma).”
Nick Leckey, former Wildcat, on his prediction for Kansas State football in 2013, 810 AM
GH: Kansas State football fans are a lot like Nebraska fans – there are no down off-seasons.
“They could be better and have the same record.”
Dennis Dodd, on Charlie Weis’ second-year Kansas Jayhawks who finished 1-11 last season, 810 AM
“You hurt the feelings of a 20-year-old who couldn’t tackle me if I was standing still?”
Sean Salisbury, when asked about Charlie Weis calling last year’s KU team “a pile of crap,” 810 AM
“6 is the highest number of wins any KU football fan has even dared hope for in my mentions. Man.”
Tully Corcoran, @tullycorcoran, Twitter
GH: Six wins for Kansas football after Turner Gill and then Charlie Weis’ 1-11 season would be like Andrew Wiggins showing up at Allen Fieldhouse…as a sophomore.
“Behind closed doors, our expectations are much higher than everyone else’s. The reason people pick you tenth in the league is because you haven’t beaten anybody! So there’s no sense talking about it until you start beating somebody. But obviously inside our walls that’s not where we see ourselves.”
Charlie Weis, on his KU football team, Fox Sports
GH: I get the feeling from Weis – despite his “pile of crap” comment – that he thinks a lot more highly of his team and their chances in 2013 than he is letting on. The Jayhawks will wait another week before they play South Dakota on September 7th and then head to Rice September 14th for their toughest non-con game. That game at Rice might tell us a lot about whether or not KU has a real team this season or just another appetizer for their basketball season.
“He’s 100% healthy. … I think he can become a great player.”
Gary Pinkel, on MU quarterback, James Franklin, Fox Sports
GH: If Kansas State thought they had a quarterback controversy this summer, they haven’t been paying attention to what has been going on in Columbia the past 12 months. A large number of Mizzou fans are not happy that their Tigers got kicked around in the SEC like they were Iowa State. James Franklin’s play was the focal point of much of their angst. Many hoped redshirt freshman QB, Maty Mauk, would be the second-coming of Chase Daniel and rescue the Tigers this season. But Franklin and his almost too-poised pose in the pocket are back. Read on.
“Decision to start Franklin doesn’t surprise me (or anyone who’s paid attention). Decision to announce it publicly does.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, after Pinkel went public with his decision to start Franklin a month before the first game, Twitter
GH: I think Pinkel knew of the growing animosity toward Franklin (which he helped fuel last season by stating Franklin refused to play with an injury) and decided to get out ahead of the critics. It has worked – so far.
“Gary Pinkel’s not stupid. He thinks the best way to win is playing Franklin, not Mauk.”
Sean Salisbury, 810 AM
GH: I think Franklin is going to have a great season in the SEC and that Mauk will benefit from another year of learning. One thing is pretty clear – Pinkel’s offense needs a great quarterback to be effective. Without a good season from his QB, this will likely be Pinkel’s last at MU.
“We want to get back in the winner’s circle. You know? Missouri wins. We want to get back in the SEC and prove that we belong in this league. It’s a great, great league and we want to be a player in it.”
Gary Pinkel, Fox Sports
GH: I thought Mizzou had a chance to be good in the SEC last season. I was wrong. I think they have a chance again this year to be very good. I might be wrong again. But damn I can’t wait to see what happens.
“It’s my time.”
Dorial Green-Beckham, @DorialGB5, Mizzou’s sophomore wide receiver, Twitter
GH: If I am an SEC defensive back…this tweet would scare me.
“This (Johnny Manziel) is not a good person. This is a young man with some issues. Maybe he’s just a jerk. … Collin Klein finished third last year in the Heisman Trophy. You won’t see any of these issues with Collin Klein. He wasn’t taking money to sign (autographs). You didn’t have any problems with Collin Klein. He’s a good person. He’s grounded. … If I was on that Heisman committee I’d strip him of that trophy and take it back.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I do not understand the overwhelming vitriol about Johnny Football. I get it that some K-State fans hate him because he was awarded the Heisman and Collin Klein was not – but is that really Manziel’s fault? When you list all that Manziel is supposedly guilty of this off season, it really doesn’t add up to much more than a young college kid being a young college kid. I hope he gets to play this season and kicks the SEC in the teeth again.
“College athletes w/eligibility left have been signing for $ for years now. Most have been smart to limit people who see signing.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
“If (Manziel) sold his signature, the Heisman Trophy winner embodies selfishness. … The Texas A&M quarterback doesn’t need the cash. His family has a small fortune from Texas oil, as detailed in Wright Thompson’s ESPN piece. Paul Manziel bought his son a black Mercedes because, well, Johnny wanted one. In other words, this is not a player saying he can’t afford a winter coat.
Teddy Greenstein, columnist, Chicago Tribune
GH: So Greenstein thinks Manziel is even a worse guy because his family is rich? He drives an expensive car his daddy bought him? Sounds like most of the kids at Blue Valley North.
“The guy that owns Varney’s (in Manhattan) bought the KU Bookstore in Lawrence.”
Caller, to Kevin Kietzman’s show, 810 AM
GH: It’s all just business until you start mixing K-State purple with KU blue. Does this guy have a shop in Columbia too?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Please join me in congratulating George Brett on making his 4th career Hole-in-One today. While playing with his buddies, (Jigger James, Bryan Norton and David Rismiller), George “jarred” it again with his 8 iron from 165 yards on Hole #11. If you don’t remember, George did the same thing, on the same hole, with the same club, 28 days ago! It must have been those lucky TaylorMade Lethal “#5” golf balls he grabbed in the golf shop before he teed off today!! Congratulations George!!”
Jeff King, Head PGA Golf Professional, in a recent note to members, Mission Hills Country Club
GH: Good to know George is using his time away from babysitting Moose and the boys to enjoy his kind of retirement. Four aces in his career? That is playing some serious golf!
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