Jesse Ertz pegged as starter for K-State

Freshman quarterback Jesse Ertz looks to pass during the K-State Spring Game at the Sporting Park in Kansas City on April 25, 2015. (File Photo by George Walker | The Collegian)

After a long spring and summer of intense competition for who will take the signal calling mantle from the graduated Jake Waters, a decision appears to have been reached.

According to sources close to the program, sophomore slinger Jesse Ertz will be the new man under center going into the 2015-16 season.

Ertz, 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year, redshirted during the 2013 season and back-up both Waters and junior quarterback Joe Hubener in the 2014 season, playing in only four games last season and registering 46 yards on the ground in mop-up duty.

As a quarterback for Mediapolis High School, Ertz broke the Iowa high school record for career touchdowns scored with 98 and ranks fifth all time in career passing yardage with 7,317.

Ertz also won a state championship in track and field for the 4×100-meter relay in his junior year of high school.

During his redshirt year, Ertz won the Red Raider award, given to the top scout team contributor.

Ertz beat out Hubener, true freshman Alex Delton and transfer sophomore Jonathan Banks, who were all in contention for the job.

K-State football opens up the 2015 season by taking on South Dakota on Sept. 5 at 6:10 p.m.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.