K-State Football Future Looks Bright After Texas Bowl | national


(TNS) Chris Klieman was not ready to think about the future.

The Kansas state football coach was too busy celebrating a 42-20 victory over LSU at the Texas Bowl to spend much time predicting what the Wildcats might look like next season. He asked reporters if he could “take a little bit of this one” when the topic of 2022 was brought up earlier this week at NRG Stadium.

Even so, he’s obviously excited about his team’s potential.

“You can build on what we did to win that bowl game in January,” Klieman said. “We have a lot of really talented guys coming back. I think they have a lot of energy for the offseason.

The future certainly looks bright for K-State football after closing the 2021 season with an 8-5 record that was punctuated by one of the most dominant bowl wins in school history, though. than against a heavily exhausted LSU list.

K-State plans to fire six starters on offense, including star running back Deuce Vaughn, as well as six starters on defense.

Vaughn is the son of Chris and Marquette Vaughn. Chris is a former Murray State linebacker who made his debut on the 1995 and ’96 Ohio Valley Conference Championship teams under former head coach Houston Nutt. He and Marquette met while they were students at Murray State.

The Wildcats will start again as quarterback and offensive coordinator next season.

Things will most certainly be different without Skylar Thompson throwing passes and Courtney Messingham calling plays, but K-State’s offensive identity won’t change until Vaughn, who scored four times in the victory over LSU, will remain with the ball carrier.

Vaughn, an All-American selection as a versatile player, eclipsed 1,800 versatile yards and scored 22 touchdowns in his sophomore. Klieman calls him “the best player in college football.” Handing him the ball as often as possible will remain the top priority next season. The way they go about it is the only thing that will change.

Assistant coach Collin Klein could take over as offensive coordinator after leading K-State to 42 points at the Texas Bowl.


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