K-State has their man under center, and Bill Snyder isn’t afraid to show his hand. While other Big 12 coaches are keeping their cards close to their chest, (we see you coach Strong and coach Beaty) coach Snyder told the media on Monday that Jesse Ertz will start against Stanford on Friday.
“It really did go an extended period of time. They were, I mean, it was one of those things, if you can envision it, where one guy lit it up, and the next day it was somebody else. There was that inconsistency about who was, day in, day out, at the top of the list, based on the performance that day.” Coach Snyder said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference,
In the end, Ertz, who won the starting job last season before suffering a torn ACL on the first play of the season, beat out Joe Hubener and Alex Delton for the start, and he did it by being consistent.
“It was very competitive. Jesse pulled himself away in the last four days of being able to have a greater consistency on the practice field.”
Ertz’s teammates expect big things from the redshirt junior, and he has even earned comparisons to Jake Waters and Collin Klein. Those are big shoes to fill, and opening on the road against Stanford won’t be an easy task. Regardless of what happens on Friday though, it’s clear his teammates are behind him.
“The sky is the limit for Jesse,” center Dalton Risner told the Kansas City Star. “People may not realize it, but the guy is such a great athlete. We go to the pool, and he is the fastest swimmer. We go to the basketball court, and no one can guard him. He never loses at video games. He is a born winner, and I can’t wait for him to prove it on the football field.”