Kansas State by Position: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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Here's a quick look at the Wildcats' receiving corps.

Wide Receivers


Starters: Tyler Lockett (5'11", 175 lbs, Jr.); Tramaine Thompson (5'8", 167 lbs, Sr.); Curry Sexton (5' 11", 183 lbs, Jr.)


Backups: Torrell Miller (6' 2", 216 lbs, Sr.); Kyle Klein (6' 4", 210 lbs, So.)


The K-State receivers are almost Lilliputian, but they are talented and experienced enough to get the job done. (It isn't all about size, right Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo?) Lockett ended the regular season with 1,146 yards (104.2 ypg) and eight TDs, which is comparable to Gallon's 1,284 for a 107 average and nine TDs. And Lockett can do this...


Tramaine Thompson is Jeremy Gallon-sized, has 28 receptions on the year, 495 receiving yards, and 6 TDs. He also has a 94 yard kick return against Louisiana-Lafayette. He's more of a Drew Dileo-type; the number of receptions may not necessarily be there, but he's going to break one open sooner or later. Curry Sexton has 409 yards on 36 receptions for an 11.36 average. He seems to be most dangerous on second down, as that is where he's racked up 212 of his 409. It may also be worth noting that he has 198 yards in the fourth quarter, and only two receptions in the red zone. It should also be noted that Lockett and Sexton have received some pretty good team awards, too.

Torrell Miller has 11 receptions in seven games for 106 yards and one touchdown (against Oklahoma State). Klein played in five games and has only 59 yards and no touchdowns. Three of his five receptions came in the loss to Oklahoma State.

Although he isn't a wide out, FB Glenn Gronkowski will need to be watched if Michigan wants to keep K-State honest. Gronkowski has only four receptions out of the backfield, but three of those went for touchdowns (one for 50 yards and another for 67 yards). He has no rushing touchdowns this season.

Tight End


Starter: Zach Trujillo (6'5" Jr.)


Bill Snyder hasn't used the TE position as pass-catcher very much this year, which is obvious when you look at Trujillo's stats: 5 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown in ten games played. The lone TD came at the end of the season on a 35 yard reception against Kansas.

Outlook

The Michigan defense has allowed 228 receiving yards per game, while Kansas State is averaging 220 yards per game. Fouad has a good analysis of the K-Sate OL, which shows that the group has a lot of talent and experience. What that means for this WR/TE post is that the Wildcats could give quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams enough time to get the ball to the explosive Lockett with dire consequences (you did play the video, right?). The Michigan secondary is going to have to play a solid and perfect game to keep the Wildcats' receivers in check--they won't stop them, but if they can "dig deep", as Fouad says, Michigan will have a shot. There's no doubt that Lockett will burn the Wolverines at least once, but Michigan needs to limit the number of burns if they want to keep this game competitive.

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