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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: In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's 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 (part of the Rivals network), and the Miami Herald.

Curtis Kitchen: Opening Up the K-State Playbook

It shouldn’t have been nearly as startling to me as it was that the Kansas State Wildcats, as head coach Bill Snyder said, used somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 percent of its playbook against Eastern Kentucky.

It is impossible to say what that actually equates to as I have no idea how thick the K-State playbook is, or how heavily weighted portions may be (e.g. another 30 percent of the total package could require having a player in motion, or another 15 percent  might require an audible at the line).  But, the calculation we could make after that game was that Snyder and his staff’s math was off.

They felt, obviously, the Wildcats offense was good enough to handle a limited selection of plays despite three new starters on the offensive line, and new starters at quarterback and running back. What seems wrong with that picture?

Regardless, the tune from two weeks ago is a changed one. This week, Snyder said the season is now at a point where the full playbook should be available. This is a good thing.  His players need it, and gauging how off the coaches were in terms of feeling where the offense was two weeks ago, the offensive staff might benefit from having full play-calling capabilities as well.

It would behoove Snyder to take full advantage of the opportunity and let the thing fly against Kent State. Why? Two reasons: it 1) will give real-game experience, with the plays that are going to be called on a regular basis later in the year, to the guys who are making the second start of their career., and 2) This is the only opportunity remaining for K-State to throw as much at Miami as possible in terms of showing multiple sets, multiple plays, etc…, and give the Hurricanes, too much, hopefully, to prepare for in one week’s time.

At this point, Saturday’s game with Kent State is the season opener all over again. It is a redo, a reset, a chance to forget that a *game* took place at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 3. It will feel like an opener as BSFS is again an announced sell out (a testament to K-State football fans as it hasn’t been UCLA and Notre Dame walking on to the field).

Players will be anxious to show that they aren’t nearly as bad as they showed against EKU. Fans are equally as anxious to come back and see a better performance.

I do think K-State takes advantage of the pretty unique opportunity that the early bye-week provided. The playbook is open, Bill Snyder? We believe you.

Now show it.

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09/16/2011 4:13PM
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