RB Leon Patton

2006 Statistics

Coach: Ron Prince
7-6, 1 year
2006 Record: 7-6
at Baylor LOST 3-17
at Missouri LOST 21-41
at Colorado WON 34-21
at Kansas LOST 20-39
Rutgers LOST 10-37

2006 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

Head coach Ron Prince had some major struggles his first season as a head coach. Admirably, this local product pulled off a 45-42 win over almost-BCS-bound Texas to sound the call that he is building State back into that top-tier form they were from 1991-2003. This will not be the season they break through, but expect a competitive squad that needs to focus mainly on its defense in order to take the first steps towards marked improvements. The offense, under impressive true frosh Josh Freeman, showed that it should continue developing quicker than the D. With its tandem backs returning, KSU will be exciting to watch. Freeman only has to limit his mistakes and manage his offense to allow Prince, an offensive specialist, to take the Wildcats the farthest they possibly can in ’07. This is an unpredictable school that will again surprise some of their conferences’ top teams, but will also fail against some they should easily beat to prove they still need work. That work is cut out – trips to Auburn (to open), Austin, Lincoln and Fresno prove the Wildcats are ambitious to become better by playing quality opponents. This season, they will acquire more character than wins with such an approach, but the longterm dividends seen past ’07 mean Kansas State is back on the top 25 radar sooner than later.

Projected 2007 record: 7-5
QB - 3 DL - 3.5
RB - 3 LB - 2.5
WR - 3 DB - 3.5
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Josh Freeman, 140-270-15, 1780 yds., 6 TD

Rushing: Leon Patton, 108 att., 609 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Jordy Nelson, 39 rec., 547 yds., 1 TD

Scoring: Leon Patton, 7 TD, 42 pts.

Punting: Tim Reyer, 61 punts, 42.1 avg.

Kicking: Tim Schwerdt, 0-0 FG, 1-1 PAT, 1 pt.

Tackles: Ian Campbell, 67 tot., 42 solo

Sacks: Ian Campbell, 11.5 sacks

Interceptions: Marcus Watts, 3 for 68 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Justin McKinney, 12 ret., 24.7 avg., 1 TD

Punt Returns: Antwon Moore, 1 ret., 12.0 avg., 0 TD


DB Marcus Watts

OFFENSE: Dylan Meier-QB, Thomas Clayton-TB, Yamon Figurs-WR, Jermaine Moreira-WR, Greg Wafford-OT, Michael Frieson-OT, Jeff Snodgrass-K
DEFENSE: Quintin Echols-NT, Blake Seiler-DT, Zach Diles-MLB, Brandon Archer-WLB, Kyle Williams-SS

QB Josh Freeman was the only true freshman to lead his team to a bowl last year. Now, the huge (6’6”) pro-style hurler has to limit his mistakes (15 INTs) to take State to the next level – the team lost every game in which Freeman threw multiple picks. But when you see this kid’s potential, like in their surprising win against Texas, you realize his upside, especially under an offensive specialist like coach Prince. Look for the Kansas City native to learn from his errors and have a better year in the pocket with the team all his. The running game also looks vibrant with both of last year’s starting tandem back. Super quick soph Leon Patton was honorable mention all-Big XII last year. Teamed with JUCO-transfer James Johnson as they share the rock equally, these guys stay fresh with ample rotations. The line is young, but somewhat developed with real game reps under their belt. This unit is most critical for the Wildcat’s success, for with modest-but-capable athletes at the talent positions, only marginal-to-weak line play can stop this team from coming together and becoming more than just the sum of their parts. Junior center Jordan Bedore is quick for his size, but the rest of the line inside pushes straight ahead best. Inside is also where the developed depth is – filling the outside two-deep will be critical as only starter Nick Stringer, a sophomore with great footwork and deceptive speed, is solidified there. KSU works out of single-back, two-TE sets often. Senior Rashaad Norwood and sophomore Jeron Mastrud, both returning starters at TE, finished second and fifth, respectively, on the team for catches, with Mastrud the bulldozer of the two. His side will continue to be chosen on running plays. The receivers, led by returning top snarler (senior) Jordy Nelson, is comprised of mainly six-footers that can burn with YAC when Freeman gets them the ball. This offense only has to find consistency in order to fuel KSU with enough points weekly.


WR Jordy Nelson


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Josh Freeman-So (6-6, 238) Carson Coffman-Fr (6-2, 200)
TB Leon Patton-So (5-7, 184) James Johnson-Sr (5-11, 200)
WR Jordy Nelson-Sr (6-2, 213) Cedric Wilson-Jr (6-1, 190)
WR Daniel Gonzalez-Sr (6-3, 216) Tony Purvis-Fr (5-11, 167)
TE Rashaad Norwood-Sr (6-3, 229) Michael Pooschke-Sr (6-3, 245)
TE Jeron Mastrud-So (6-6, 255) Brett Alstatt-Jr (6-4, 224)
OT Alesana Alesana-Jr (6-6, 295) ..
OG Caleb Handy-Jr (6-1, 313) Derek Meyer-So (6-6, 310)
C Jordan Bedore-Jr (6-3, 302) Brad Rooker-Jr (6-6, 291)
OG Logan Robinson-Sr (6-8, 338) Gerard Spexarth-Jr (6-6, 312)
OT Nick Stringer-So (6-6, 271) Brock Unruh-So (6-5, 301)
K Tim Schwerdt-Sr (5-8, 178) Brooks Rossman-Jr (6-1, 175)
Jared Parker-Jr (5-11, 197)



The jest of the starting line returns, anchored by All-Conference end Rob Jackson. The early reports on Jackson suggest he may be the most influential lineman in the conference. He has continued to wreck offensive plans all spring in Manhattan and has become almost unblockable at times. Junior Ian Campbell is a step faster than senior Rob Jackson, ergo his move to OLB in this 3-4 scheme, but Jackson’s girth gives him advantages when forced inside. Cline and Moran inside need to be more effective, and the entire DL cannot again finish 78th as run stoppers if KSU is to finish over .500. Losing last year’s top two tacklers won’t damage the LB unit too much - Antwon Moore, along with fellow junior Reggie Walker, should form a strong enough nucleus as linebackers for the rest of the corps to be built around. Incoming JUCO-transfer Chris Patterson, who has enough speed to cover receivers, will definitely help to bolster this fledging group. What the corners lack in size, they make up for with seniority/experience and depth. Bryan Baldwin back from injury (undisclosed) will give KSU great dime/nickel packages with three viable starters. Speedy senior free safety Marcus Watts (4.3 sec. in the 40), an ex-WR back from a debilitating hand injury, will join Andrew Erker in the deep middle to bring some size to the DB proceedings. First-team NJCAA All-American Gary Chandler transfers in to give the Wildcats a worthy bunch that only has to come together to be effective against the best Big XII foes. This defense has to play as a unit, for no one area seems dominant. Four of their last six foes scored 30+ on KSU, hopefully motivating the ample talent on this side of the ball to (at least) help the offense secure some of their wins.


LB Ian Campbell


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Rob Jackson-Sr (6-3, 265) Brandon Balkcom-Jr (6-0, 278)
NT Steven Cline-Sr (6-1, 291) Alphonso Moran-Jr (6-0, 294)
DE Moses Manu-Sr (6-2, 258) Clayton Cox-Sr (6-3, 238)
OLB Ian Campbell-Jr (6-5, 232) Antwon Moore-Jr (5-10, 210)
ILB Reggie Walker-Jr (6-0, 223) John Houlik-So (5-11, 215)
ILB Justin Roland-Sr (6-0, 245) Marcus Perry-Sr (6-1, 225)
OLB Eric Childs-So (6-3, 230) Greg Gaskins-Sr (6-0, 215)
CB Justin McKinney-Sr (5-9, 185) Byron Garvin-Sr (5-10, 180)
CB Joshua Moore-So (5-10, 168) Bryan Baldwin-Sr (5-10, 190)
SS Andrew Erker-Jr (6-0, 195) Gary Chandler-Jr (5-11, 195)
FS Marcus Watts-Sr (6-1, 189) Chris Carney-So (6-1, 175)
P Tim Reyer-Sr (5-11, 208) ..




Senior Tim Reyer should assure the Wildcat punt game stays strong. The kicking battle to replace Jeff Snodgrass appears to be a work in progress. Three candidates seem to be in the mix for now and reports vary on just who the starter will be come September. Sorting out the return slots, more is unknown than known – the biggest question at this point: will Leon Patton keep his KR duties though he is now a primary offensive weapon?