Klieman looking for consistency out of K-State wide receivers

Published: Aug. 6, 2019 at 11:10 PM CDT
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Perhaps no position on the Kansas State football roster has seen as much turnover as wide receiver.

The Wildcats' leading receiver from 2018, Isaiah Zuber, transferred to Mississippi State. Former Michigan State transfer Hunter Rison, who was expected to be a contributor for 2019, got into legal trouble and ended up transferring to a junior college.

Dalton Schoen is the only experienced option returning for K-State, as he tallied just 32 catches for 520 yards with two touchdowns last year. Twelve of the 14 wideouts on the KSU roster are underclassmen.

Some of those include guys with limited experience, like Malik Knowles, Wykeen Gill and Chabastin Taylor. Those three combined for just 20 receptions in 2018.

So what does head coach Chris Klieman want to see out of that group for someone to step up and take on a larger workload?

"I think the biggest thing is consistency," Klieman said. "Consistency in alignment, consistency in the depths of their routes and coming in and out of breaks. Catching the ball is an obvious thing, but do they understand when Skylar (Thompson) checks a play that, 'Hey, this is the route I have to run and I have to run a precise route.'

"I've been impressed with Wykeen (Gill). Like I told you guys in the spring, I've been excited about Malik (Knowles). He missed some time in the spring. Chabastin Taylor has really done a nice job through three or four practices. He's a guy that can go and catch the football. Landry Weber is doing a really nice job early on. Seth Porter is doing a nice job early on.

"Joshua Youngblood is a kid that makes a splash play. He doesn't know what he's doing right now, but he makes splash plays and will probably be in the mix somewhere as well. Between those guys and between the depth, hopefully, that we have at running back, maybe we can flex some of those guys out as well and try to create some matchup problems."

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