August 28, 2006

Prince anxious to get season started

Less than 24 hours after he released his first Kansas State depth chart, first-year coach [DB]Ron Prince[/DB] outlined his decision-making process in naming senior Dylan Meier as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats' season opener against Illinois State on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Prince discussed several issues during the season's first Big 12 Conference Coaches Call on Monday morning.

Introductory statement

We had a really good camp. We're excited about having the chance to play a game, to put the practicing behind us a little bit here and start getting ready for game-type preparation. We've had a very successful offseason and had a lot of positive feelings going into it but we feel that now it's time to really get onto business, which is competing in games.

Terrific opponent here we have in Illinois State. As a former I-AA player and coach I have a lot of respect for this team. You can see it's put together the right way. I know of Coach Johnson and I think he's a terrific opponent and we know his team is going to be physical and well coached.

Obvious question, can you talk about the timeframe when you decided to name Meier as the starter, how close the race was and how many reps you expect Josh Freeman to get Saturday?

We're really excited about having Dylan as our quarterback. We've said all along we were going to let the competition decide who was going to be the quarterback. We had some pretty good instincts for this player early in thing and felt really positive about him. All quarterbacks are judged ultimately about how they get their team in the end zone. The players on this team really respect Dylan and obviously he has some really good chemistry with them and his performances in the practices have been terrific. We're obviously really excited about what's going to happen with this season with Dylan as our leader.

Josh is going to have a very bright future. He has tremendous gifts. We think it's really remarkable what he's been able to do as a freshman, particularly coming in the spring and the fact a true freshman could push for playing time is pretty impressive. Obviously, Dylan is our quarterback. We're going to go forward with him. We're going to have a starter and a backup. That's Josh's role, to be the backup. I'm anticipating going forward with Dylan in this game.

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