Football gets chance to work on itself in bye week

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Defensive end Bronson Massie lines up to rush the quarterback in the 37-31 loss against Oklahoma. (Kendall Spencer | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State football team (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) will look to regroup during their bye week this week after two straight losses to start Big 12 play.

“Bye week’s coming at a good time for us,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “We’re in essence about halfway through when you think about all the practices we had in fall camp four weeks prior to playing Stanford. … I’d rather have it come after a win so you don’t have a bad taste in your mouth for a couple of weeks.”

K-State lost on Saturday to Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) by a touchdown. The Wildcats will pick their schedule back up with Farmageddon against Iowa State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) in two weeks.

In the meantime, they look to work on getting healthy, getting younger players some reps and prepping for the Cyclones.

“This week we’re going to spend some time on Iowa State and then quite a bit of time on ourselves with our younger players,” Klieman said. “Just kind of shoring up some things, doing some self-scout and some technique work. These kids also need some rest, they need to get their bodies right.”

Klieman identified a whole host of young players that he wanted to get a better chance to see in practice this week. Most notable are Andrew Leingang, a true freshman OL who is already what Klieman calls “the varsity,” and true freshman quarterback Jake Rubley.

K-State’s youth will go against each other extra in practice this week to get more reps.

For K-State’s starters — especially on defense — the name of the game will be getting back to basics.

“Tackling and getting off blocks were the two biggest [issues] and letting the guys play faster,” Klieman said. “As coaches [we’re] probably trying to do too much. We’ve talked about that as a defensive staff of letting them play a little bit more like they did against Stanford. … Just let them go out and play and execute.”

Klieman also indicated that K-State would be more aggressive on offense on fourth and short in the future after success holding onto the ball against Oklahoma.

K-State’s match-up against Iowa State is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 16 and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, a graduate student from Olathe, Kansas, working on a Masters in Mass Communication. I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. This is my fourth year covering K-State sports for the Collegian.