Three takeaways from K-State’s Purple/White Spring Game

Freshman quarterback Alex Delton scampers past sophomore defensive back Kaleb Prewett in the first half of the annual Spring game, played this year at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

K-State has found a new star in return game

With Tyler Lockett’s graduation leaving a crater-sized hole on special teams, K-State fans were all left to wonder who would be the poor soul to have to take the place of the man who made highlight after highlight in the return game.

Wonder no longer. His name is Dominique Heath and he is a redshirt freshman out of Huntersville, South Carolina who had himself a game Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas.

Heath posted 374 total yards, returning both kickoffs and punts, including a 75-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.

Now, a spring game is much too early to anoint anyone anything. Most of the returns were against second-team players too, but still, Heath was electrifying, quick and solid in his decision making.

Delton makes his mark in Wildcat quarterback battle

K-State head coach Bill Snyder said that freshman quarterback Alex Delton reminded him a little of former Wildcat great Ell Roberson, and now K-State fans are starting to see why.

The speed that Delton showed Saturday was impressive, running past both purple (first team) and white (second team) defenders on his way to picking up 73 yards on the ground.

Even more impressive, some of Delton’s runs were cut short due to the “two-hand touch rule” for quarterbacks in spring games. Had it not been for that rule, Delton would have had several nice touchdowns including one that would have gone for 40-plus yards.

Delton’s arm was not on display as much as his legs, as the freshman threw for 22 yards on 3-12 passing, but he was a threat nonetheless with his dual-threat capabilities.

It’s unknown whether or not Delton will see the field this coming season with a potential redshirt looming overhead, but the Hays, Kansas product certainly is in the running along with junior Joe Hubener and sophomore Jesse Ertz.

K-State’s passing attack has work to do to compete at Big 12 level

Wildcat quarterbacks and wide receivers had a rough go of things throughout the duration of the game Saturday. Meanwhile, K-State’s secondary shined on both ends, recording three interceptions and only allowing one passing touchdown.

Two interceptions, both thrown by Ertz, were returned for touchdowns — one by junior cornerback Jesse Mack and the other by sophomore linebacker Elijah Lee. The other pick, thrown by Hubener, was caught off of a tip.

Only junior wide receiver Deante Burton hauled in more than 60 yards in the game through the air. He ended up with four catches for 107 yards.

Senior wide receiver Andre Davis scored the lone touchdown reception on a 22-yard pass from Ertz for the last score of the day.