Skylar Thompson out. Alex Delton in. According to Kellis Robinett, Delton will start at quarterback for Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns in Manhattan.
Robinett wrote a great piece (linked above) about how Snyder reportedly pulled the plug on Skylar Thompson last week against West Virginia and overrode his coordinator, Andre Coleman, and QB coach Collin Klein, to put in Alex Delton. It starts to make sense why he said after the game that Delton played, “extremely well”, despite the rest of our eyes, and the numbers, telling a different story. Snyder had to backtrack on that a bit after watching the tape and after talking with the media during the Big 12 teleconference on Monday.
Thompson struggled on Saturday against WVU, finishing 11 of 17 for 145 yards, with 12 carries for 18 yards. For the season, Thompson has thrown for 505 yards, while completing only 59% of his passes, four touchdown passes to one interception. On the ground, he’s rushed for 176 yards and a TD.
As for Delton, he is completing 48% of his passes for 259 yards, one touchdown to two interceptions. As a runner, he’s piled up 116 yards.
Long and short: Neither QB has been very good.
The two split reps the first couple of games, before Thompson got the nod against UTSA and then again against WVU, before Snyder pulled the plug.
Robinett states in his article that Snyder was never sold as Thompson as the starter, however he did not want to overrule his first-time coordinator in Coleman. But clearly, he’s seen enough. And after the disaster that was last Saturday against WVU, it’s hard to blame Snyder for trying something different.
Delton came in last year during the team’s bowl win over UCLA and saved the day, leading the team to a 35-17 win in the Cactus Bowl thanks to 158 rushing yards and three rushing TDs.
Now, as K-State gets set to face Texas in a pivotal Big 12 match up for both programs, it’s up to Alex Delton to try and revive this anemic offense.
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