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Curtis Kitchen has followed the Big 12, Kansas State and national college basketball beat including K-State's run to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in 2010. You can currently follow his work at his blog: KitchenKC.com In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's mlsnet.com site as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals for the other sports station in town. His freelance portfolio ranges media outlets and publications, including gopowercat.com (part of the Rivals network), collegehoopsnet.com and the Miami Herald.

Curtis Kitchen: Bryce Brown: Is This The ?It? Moment?

Kansas State is set to take on an opponent that Bill Snyder didn’t want to play. His team, on paper, doesn’t match up well in several areas. It’s a non-conference road game. The offense has made “anemic” seem "full-of-life" at times.

So, why do so many K-State fans seem to be harboring more than small hope that the Wildcats can in fact go to Miami and not just be competitive, but beat the Hurricanes? In an informal Twitter poll I ran this week, I asked for two reasons why K-State would win.  Nearly every answer had one of the following:

1) Arthur Brown will have a bajillion tackles

2) Bill Snyder will outcoach Miami first-year coach Al Golden;

3) Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris will melt like a snow cone on South Beach and turn over the ball repeatedly. Ah, and one more that was mentioned almost more than any of the others:

4)Bryce Brown.

Despite toting the ball only three times in the team’s harrowing 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky and missing the second contest against Kent State with what Snyder said was a minor injury, K-State fans feel that this is exactly the right stage and moment for Brown to showcase why he has been worth the headaches caused through his transfer drama and his missing summer workouts, which put the team at an disadvantage.

Brown can make all of those concerns disappear IF he carries an offense that desperately needs a playmaker. Collin Klein can continue to play the good soldier and rush 22 times per game from his quarterback position, but that’s not a game plan; it’s a death sentence considering he isn’t fast or agile enough to avoid the majority of big hits.

Brown, however, is fast enough. He is that homerun threat. He could be the workhorse. But, will he carry through? Since he became a part of the K-State program, I don’t think I’ve written a piece on Brown that didn’t involve me using words like "skeptical," "potential" and "injury." That’s not by accident. I have always been and will continue to be skeptical until the self-perceived sophomore superstar transforms potential into production on the field. He hasn’t been able to do so because, even back to his Tennessee days, he always seemed to be battling some sort of injury.

Snyder took away that crutch this week, saying Brown is healthy. I think it’s a sign the coach is ready to see legitimate effort and production, which, after the two games this offense has had, I would be too.

I know fans are ready.

We find out Saturday if the same could be said for Bryce.

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09/23/2011 10:40AM
Curtis Kitchen: Bryce Brown: Is this the “it” moment?
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