By Ben Brake
Spring football is here. All the starting players will be trying to
hold on to their spots from up and coming players. One of the
toughest battles will be carried out at the quarterback position. Jonathan Beasley will have his work cut out. His biggest
downfall last year was his pass completion percentage. He will need to complete at least 50 percent to hang on to his starting
position. Jonathan had his ups and downs last year, but all in all he did quite well for his first year starting. Mr. Beasley will be
fighting for his position against highly touted red shirt freshman Ell Roberson III who will now be wearing jersey #3 this
season. Ell got to sit back and watch last year. He was able to learn the system, but he still needs the experience on the field.
It should be a good fight for the position with both Jonathan and Ell pushing each other just a little bit harder. As it stands,
Jonathan is the starter. It is his position to lose.
Another position to watch will be the running back slot. With Josh Scobey
entering into the picture this year to help with the
ground attack along with David Allen and hopefully Joe Hall. Josh signed with K-State two years ago, but went to a junior
college in Oklahoma for academic reasons. In my opinion, Josh Scobey has a lot of class. He had great stats in the JUCO
ranks and was recruited hard by other schools. He said that he signed with Kansas State two years ago and he was sticking
with it. He could have gone to any school in Oklahoma to be closer to his family but he gave his word to Bill Snyder and
stuck by it. Joe Hall is having some problems with academics and will hopefully get them straightened out by fall. With
Scobey and Hall behind the quarterback it should give David Allen more rest for special teams so he can break the NCAA
record for touchdowns and yards for punt returns.
On Defense there will be several battles at linebacker and defensive
end. Linebackers Terry Pierce and Josh Buhl are two
redshirt freshman who have a good chance at earning a starting roll. Redshirt freshman defensive end Andrew Shull will be
fighting to replace the vacancy left by Darin Howard. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out when August 26, 2000
arrives for the Eddie Robinson Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.