Preview: Kansas State (offense)

Posted Sep 5, 2012

The Hurricanes are set to take on Kansas State this Saturday so lets take a closer look at their offense.

Players: Collin Klein (6-5/225/Sr) ... 192-for-328 for 2,252 yards, 16 TDs, and 6 INTs; 407 carries for 1,619 yards and 33 TD's
Strengths: Klein is one of the best running quarterbacks in all of college football. He's their short-yardage back and carved up Miami on the ground last season. He also takes good care of the football, tossing a pick just once every 57 throws in his career.
Weaknesses: Klein isn't a real strong downfield passer. He doesn't throw for too many yards often times and is more likely to run it than throw it.

Running Back:
Players: John Hubert (5-7/190/Jr) 224-1,150-4; 30 catches for 212 yards and 1 TD ... Angelo Pease (5-11/215/Sr) 44-182-2; 3-23-0
Strengths: Hubert has the ability to make people miss in the open field. He has some home run ability. He's also one of the top pass-catchers among running backs in the Big 12.
Weaknesses: They lack a short-yardage or goal line back. The two have combined for just six touchdowns in 268 career carries.

Wide Receiver:
Players: Chris Harper (6-1/225/Sr) 68-905-10 ... Tremaine Thompson (5-7/165/Jr) 45-648-2 ... Tyler Lockett (5-11/175/So) 20-252-3
Strengths: It's a proven, experienced group. Harper and Thompson are two of the leading career pass-catchers among active Big 12 receivers. Harper presents matchup problems with his size and is a very good red-zone target.
Weaknesses: It's not an explosive group. The three starters have averaged just over 13 yards per reception in their careers. Harper and Lockett are more like possession receivers.

Tight End:
Players: Travis Tannahill (6-3/255/Sr) 20-281-2 ... Zach Trujillo (6-4/250/So) none
Strengths: They're more of a blocking group than anything. They do a nice job in the running game and the two main guys average over 250 pounds.
Weaknesses: They won't catch a whole lot of passes. In four combined seasons at K-State, they've totaled 20 career receptions. They won't spread the field too much.

Offensive Line:
Players: LT Cornelius Lucas (6-8/330/Jr), LG Nick Puetz (6-3/305/Sr), C B.J. Finney (6-4/300/So), RG Keenan Taylor (6-4/290/Jr), RT Cody Whitehair (6-3/300/R-Fr)
Strengths: It's a big, strong, and physical group that averages over 300 per player. The strength is in the interior. Puetz is a returning starter and Finney was a Freshman All-American in 2011.
Weaknesses: They're an inexperienced group. Lucas, Taylor, and Whitehair are first year starters. Whitehair lacks ideal size at right tackle. They're not terribly athletic, which means they may struggle against a good pass rush.

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