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Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:09 pm

Report: Bryce Brown looking to enter NFL Draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The saga that has been Bryce Brown's college football career is reportedly moving in a whole new direction. ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that Brown is strongly considering not returning to school next year and instead will enter the NFL Draft. A decision that no doubt raises some eyebrows.

Brown's college career has been an interesting one, but also one that hasn't seen much time on an actual football field. As a high school senior in Kansas, Brown was widely considered to be the second best running back prospect in his class, behind only Trent Richardson. While we all know how Richardson's career turned out at Alabama, Brown's has gone the opposite direction.

Brown originally signed with Tennessee in 2009 and after gaining 460 yards on 101 carries as a freshman, Brown transferred to Kansas State where he joined his brother, Arthur Brown. Brown sat out the 2010 season and came into 2011 expected to take over the starting role in the Wildcats backfield. Instead Brown lost the starting job to John Hubert and only carried the ball 3 times for 16 yards before leaving the school midseason.

Now it seems he's ready to give the NFL a try rather than returning to Kansas State or transferring once again. Which, to be quite honest, doesn't seem like the wisest of decisions if that's the one Brown does indeed make. While Brown may have been a top prospect coming out of high school, there probably aren't a whole lot of NFL teams who will be knocking themselves over for a chance to draft a kid with 104 career carries in the last three years.

In order to get drafted Brown would likely have to blow scouts away at the combine. He's much more likely to go undrafted and sign as a free agent somewhere and hope to make a roster or a practice squad.

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Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:58 pm

Keys to the Game: Cotton Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WILL WIN IF: Kansas State is an odd team in that it wasn't exactly outstanding in any one area this season, yet that didn't stop the Wildcats from winning 10 games. So how can it go about winning an eleventh game against a team as good as Arkansas? Well, it should probably follow the same formula that it used all season. Give the human wrecking ball that is Collin Klein the football and let him run people over for 60 minutes. As a team the Wildcats rushed for 193.7 yards per game in 2011, with Klein totalling 1,099 yards on the year. He was also virtually unstoppable in the red zone, as he scored 26 rushing touchdowns. This should not change against Arkansas. The Razorbacks allowed 174.33 yards per game on the ground, giving up 4.5 yards per carry and allowing 20 touchdowns on the season. Numbers that will go up if Kansas State is going to be successful. And running the ball will not only help Kansas State's case on offense, but by using Klein and John Hubert to move the ball on the ground, the Wildcats will also give their defense a break. Arkansas' offense is not one you want to keep on the field for too long because it's explosive and can rack up a lot of points, and Kansas State's offense isn't designed for shootouts. Though it has participated in a few. Still, if the Wildcats want to win this game, they'd be better served to keep this score in the upper 20s, lower 30s.

ARKANSAS WILL WIN IF: Arkansas' strength is clearly its offense, and considering that the Razorbacks have a brand new defensive coordinator for this game, that's not likely to change. Arkansas should pay close attention to what quarterbacks like Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Oklahoma's Landry Jones did against the Wildcats. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State run offenses that are similar to Arkansas, and those two signal callers combined to throw for 1,007 yards and 9 touchdowns against Kansas State. The Wildcats defense is a lot better suited to stopping the run than it is spread passing attacks, and Arkansas is the perfect kind of offense to exploit that. Though Tyler Wilson will have to take care of the ball as well, because while the Kansas State secondary may not be great, it is opportunistic and guys like Nigel Malone can make a big play. So as long as Wilson takes care of the ball and spreads it out amongst his many weapons, then Arkansas should be able to put up a lot of points in this contest.

X-FACTOR: Joe Adams. It's a shame that Kansas State's Tyler Lockett lacerated his kidney in November and will miss this game not only because of the concern for the freshman's safety, but because we could have had two of the most explosive kick and punt returners in college football this season if he were healthy. However, we still get the chance to watch Joe Adams, and he has the ability to make any punt into one of the most exciting plays in a football game. While Kansas State's kickoff coverage unit has been one of the best in the country this season, its coverage on punts has been pretty average, and if they leave the slightest crack open for Adams in this game, then he may change the outcome of the Cotton Bowl by himself.
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 5:27 pm

QUICK HITS: Kansas State 30 Iowa State 23

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WON. It was an incredibly important game for Kansas State, as a win would keep their BCS hopes alive, and the Wildcats did just that on Saturday. The game was delayed for nearly two hours thanks to some nasty weather in Manhattan, but the Wildcats rode both Collin Klein and John Hubert to victory. Klein finished the day with 244 total yards and two touchdowns. His rushing touchdown was the 26th he's scored this season, leaving him only one behind Ricky Williams for the most rushing touchdowns by a Big 12 player in a single season. John Hubert rushed for 120 yards on the day, and also scored the deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

WHY KANSAS STATE WON. It wasn't the best performance we've seen from Kansas State's offense this season, but the Wildcats didn't turn the ball over and the defense made some key stops when it had to. Still, if you looked at the box score and not the final score, you'd think Iowa State won the game because it was better than Kansas State in just about every important category.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. John Hubert busted outside, broke a couple of tackles, delievered a nice stiff-arm and then tip-toed down the sideline for a lovely 25-yard touchdown run to put Kansas State up 30-23 with 3:29 left. Then on Iowa State's ensuing possession, the Kansas State defense stuffed Jeff Woody on a 4th and 2 at the KSU 31 yard line to put the finishing touches on this one.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. As I mentioned above, when you combine this Kansas State win with Houston's loss on Saturday, Kansas State's chances of securing one of the BCS at-large berths are greatly improved. In fact, at this point, you have to think that the Cotton Bowl is the worst that Kansas State can do.

WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. Iowa State had already secured a bowl berth before this game, but with this loss the Cyclones lose out on the chance to ensure that 2011 ends with a winning record. Other than that, the only thing the Cyclones really lose out on in this game is a chance to stick another feather in their cap after knocking off another one of the Big 12's best.
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:45 am

Keys to the Game: Texas vs. Kansas State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS WILL WIN IF: The Longhorns are going to have to adapt to life without Fozzy Whittaker. He wasn't the team's leading rusher, in fact he's third on the team with 386 yards, but he was the key to Texas' Wildcat formation. The good news is that as long as Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron can play, the Longhorns still have plenty of talent at running back, even without the offense's vocal leader. Still, it won't be easy to find running space against a Kansas State defense that is third in the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per game (117.2) and has only given up 16 rushing touchdowns on the season. What's tougher than running against Kansas State? Keeping Kansas State, particularly Collin Klein, from running against you. Though this is a Texas team that has the best rushing defense in the Big 12 and has only allowed 9 touchdowns all season. This will be the toughest test that Manny Diaz's unit has faced this year. If it can prove capable of slowing down Klein, then the Longhorns can win this game.

KANSAS STATE WILL WIN IF: On defense the Wildcats are going to have to take away the Texas ground game. It won't be easy, but the fact of the matter is that this Texas offense needs to run to have success. David Ash is not a passing quarterback yet, and when the Longhorns lost Fozzy Whittaker last week it was ugly. If the Wildcats can avoid their recent trend of getting down early in games and actually build a lead and force Texas to throw more than it wants to, this could get out of hand quickly. On offense, the formula will remain the same. Collin Klein right, Collin Klein left, Collin Klein up the middle. Sprinkle in a pass here and there, mix, and voila! Touchdowns. Though it's not going to be easy against this Texas defense.

X-FACTOR: John Hubert. This Texas defense is good enough against the run that it can slow down Collin Klein if the Wildcats become too dependent on their quarterback. The best way for Kansas State to make sure that doesn't happen will be if Hubert can find some room and make the Texas front seven respect the option. If Hubert isn't able to pick up yards and the Texas defense is allowed to key solely on Klein, Kansas State could be in trouble.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:44 am

Keys to the Game: Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: In order to win this game all Oklahoma State has to do is to keep doing what it has done. Dominate the game with its offense, take care of the ball and take the ball away on defense. It may not look like it if you just look at the teams' records, but Oklahoma State is a much better team than Kansas State. What may surprise you though, is that while Kansas State's defense is considered to be much stronger than Oklahoma State's -- and I tried to debunk the "Oklahoma State defense is bad" theory -- here's something you may not have known: the Kansas State pass defense is worse than Oklahoma State's in just about every category. You have to think that Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon will be able to exploit a defense that's giving up 277.9 yards per game and allowing quarterbacks to complete 63.5% of their passes. Landry Jones just threw for 505 yards and 5 scores against it last week, and Weeden could find similar success.

KANSAS STATE WILL WIN IF: It figure out how to stop spread offenses. While the Kansas State defense got off to a strong start to the season, ever since Big 12 play started and it began facing offenses that spread it out, things have not been going well. In five conference games the Kansas State defense is allowing 33 points and 350.2 yards passing per game. The best way for Kansas State to stop the Oklahoma State offense will be to keep it off the field, which means the Wildcats will have to protect the ball and use its ground game. The good news for Kansas State is that Collin Klein and John Hubert have a chance to do just that. The Oklahoma State defense is giving up 185.5 yards per game on the ground, and Kansas State is rushing for 209.9. That will have to continue for the Wildcats to hand the Cowboys their first loss of the year.

X-FACTOR: Collin Klein. Klein needs to have his best game of the season for Kansas State to win this game. Odds are that Oklahoma State will be geared up to stop Klein and the rushing attack, so he's going to at least provide the threat of passing to open things up for his offense. Last week Klein was only able to complete 8 of his 16 passes for 58 yards, and that allowed the Oklahoma defense to key on stopping the run, and we all know how that worked out for Kansas State. 
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 11:31 am

Bryce Brown's status at KState isn't clear

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kansas State is off to a 3-0 start to the season and has a pretty big game against Baylor on Saturday, but there's still a pretty big question mark surrounding running back Bryce Brown. Brown's status with the Wildcats is up in the air at the moment. While he's still officially listed on the team's roster, according to The Manhattan Mercury, a school spokesman could not confirm or deny that Brown was still a member of the team on Wednesday.

"Just unfortunate," head coach Bill Snyder told the paper. "Bryce is going through some difficult times right now and we'll try to help him all we can." 

What exactly those difficult times are, Snyder did not say.

Brown was one of the top recruits in the country when coming out of high school and signed to play for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. He then transferred to Kansas State, along with his brother, linebacker Arthur Brown, to be closer to his family in 2009. Odds are that Brown's difficulties are directly related to his playing time, as he only has 3 carries for 16 yards on the season.

He appeared in two series on offense in Kansas State's win over Miami, but never touched the ball and missed a block that led to Collin Klein being sacked.

Making matters worse for Brown, John Hubert had a great game against Miami, and Bill Snyder said Hubert would once again be the starter against Baylor, with Angelo Pease and Robert Rose behind him on the depth chart. Meaning that Brown is fourth in the pecking order in Manhattan. 

That is, if he's still with Kansas State.
Posted on: September 25, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: September 25, 2011 1:01 am

What I learned from the Big 12 (Sep 24)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. It's deja vu all over again. You can change the location of the game. You can change the Texas A&M starting quarterback. Hell, you can even change Texas A&M's conference affiliation, but it seems you can't change the Aggies' ability to implode against Oklahoma State. Last year in Stillwater, Texas A&M had a 21-7 lead over the Cowboys heading into halftime, but the second half was a barrage of Jerrod Johnson interceptions that quickly turned into 28 unanswered points by Oklahoma State. A&M would battle back to tie the game, but a last second field goal by Dan Bailey gave OSU the 38-35 win.

On Saturday Texas A&M again dominated the first half taking a 20-3 lead into the locker room. Then the second half came, and so did the barrage of turnovers and the 27 unanswered points from Oklahoma State. The only difference was that this time around the Aggies never completed the comeback, and the last second points were given to A&M by Justin Blackmon on a safety. All of which means that Texas A&M won't get the ultimate last laugh of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC as the defending conference champions.

2. Oklahoma State is a legit threat to win the Big 12. There's no guarantee that the Cowboys are going to run the table for the rest of the regular season, as their history has proved to us time and again. Still, the chance remains that when Oklahoma comes to Stillwater on December 3rd, both teams will be 11-0 and the winner might not only be playing for the Big 12 title, but for a berth in the BCS championship game as well. Do you remember Bedlam last season? Yeah, now just picture that game with all of that on the line. Sounds pretty fun, no?

3. Justin Blackmon is mortal. Seriously, Justin, I do nothing but talk about how amazing you are to anybody that asks. Critics respond by saying that "he's not a polished route-runner" and I just laugh it off. So you're not the best route-runner, you're still the best everything else in the land. But then you go and do something like this on Saturday, and I can't defend that, man. Come on, help a guy out.

4. Oklahoma isn't at its best yet, but it's above average is still pretty good. The closest that Oklahoma has looked to perfection was in its opener against Tulsa, and that was a somewhat rusty season-opening performance. Since then we've seen the offense struggle against Florida State, and the defense not have the best of nights against Missouri. Through all of this, though, the Sooners are 3-0 and still on course to win the Big 12. If Landry Jones stops turning the ball over, and the defense plays up to its ability, then this team could be downright scary. At the moment, however, I would put both LSU and Alabama above the Sooners on my ballot.

5. Robert Griffin is the truth. I'm running out of superlatives for this kid, seriously. Just another night of RG3 completing 88% of his passes and accounting for 389 yards and 6 touchdowns in three quarters of work. Yaaaaawn. (I know, I know, let's see what happens when Baylor has to face Oklahoma and company.)

6. Who needs Bryce Brown? Coming into the year I thought Kansas State would surprise people thanks to Bryce Brown replacing Daniel Thomas at running back. Well, I was half right. Kansas State is surprising people thanks to a 28-24 win over Miami on the road this week -- does this mean Kansas State is better than Ohio State? -- but it's John Hubert doing the work. Hubert had 166 yards on 18 carries for the Wildcats against the Hurricanes on Saturday while Bryce Brown never touched the ball. If Hubert keeps playing like that, Brown won't be touching the ball any time soon either.
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 12:05 pm

Bryce Brown has some work to do

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Coming into this new season one of the things I really wanted to see with Kansas State was the debut of Bryce Brown. Brown was a highly-touted running back coming out of high school that eventually committed to Tennessee before transferring back home to Kansas State. Well, we really didn't get to see much of Brown in Kansas State's narrow 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky last weekend, as he carried the ball only 3 times for a total of 16 yards. Brown also coughed up one of the four fumbles that the Wildcats had in the game, which was a major reason why the team struggled to score points.

I was wondering if we'd have a chance to see more of Brown this weekend against Kent State, but that doesn't seem to be the case. He's currently listed third on the Kansas State depth chart, and according to head coach Bill Snyder, Bryce still has some work to do if he wants to see more carries on offense.

"I think for him, getting invested is probably the most significant thing for him," Snyder told the Manhattan Mercury. "And I think he's making some headway in that respect. I think he's a little more into it. He missed a lot during the course of the summer, so there's a lot of catching up for him to do." 

Snyder also went on to say that when Brown will get more time with the offense is "up to him."

Sophomore back John Hubert is currently on top of the depth chart, and he rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries against Eastern Kentucky, so at the moment it's hard to justify Brown taking his place. That being said, it's not like the Kansas State offense played well in the opener, and regardless of where Brown is on the depth chart, the quicker he can start contributing to the team, the better off the Wildcats will be.
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