Kansas State Wildcats 2020 Preview

Offensive Preview

  • Key Returners: Wyatt Hubert (DE), Justin Hughes (LB)
  • Key Losses: James Gilbert (RB), Dalton Schoen (WR)

Skyar Thompson returns for his senior season and looks to put it all together in 2020. With 2,315 yards passing, running for 405 yards and 23 total touchdowns in 2019, Thompson is poised for a big year. While he has the potential to break through and become one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12, he will need some help. Joshua Youngblood and Malik Knowles are back at receiver which should make that unit exciting. Youngblood looks to continue his development at receiver after an electric season as a special teams star.

The running back position is a bit more of a question. While losing the entire starting offensive line from 2019 is a major concern, they also lost their top RB in James Gilbert. Kansas State will likely take a running back by committee approach and split carries between Harry Trotter, Jacardia Wright and Joe Ervin.

The offense will overall hang on the shoulders of Thompson. He has some skill position players around him and Josh Rivas does return on the offensive line with solid production. With Skylar Thomson’s dual-threat ability and some targets at receiver and newcomer at TE, Briley Moore, the Wildcats should have some success. Early in the season will likely be a bit rocky. Luckily, Kansas State has some easier games on the schedule like Buffalo and North Dakota State to work the kinks out.

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