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Kansas State football: Skylar Thompson brings quarterback stability

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson throws a touchdown pass against Oklahoma State in 2017. (Photo by Sarah Phipps)
Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson throws a touchdown pass against Oklahoma State in 2017. (Photo by Sarah Phipps)


Bill Snyder’s final four teams at Kansas State went a combined 28-23. The four Wildcat teams before that went 38-14.

The biggest difference? Quarterback. Most of the last four seasons, K-State was unsettled at quarterback. Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton last season. Jesse Ertz, Thompson and Delton in 2017. Joe Hubener and Kody Cook in 2015. Some of that indecision was injury-caused, but some was just poor play or coaching indecision.

That should change this season, as new KSU coach Chris Kleiman says Thompson is the undisputed starter.

“Skylar knows, from my conversations, that it’s his job,” Kleiman said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “He’s not looking over his shoulder. He’s going to cut it loose and let it play. He knows we’re confident in him and it’s his show.”

Thompson will need to play better for KSU to return to its previous status. Over two seasons, Thompson has completed 59.5 percent of his passes, with a touchdown to interception ratio of 14/7.

“Skylar’s done a phenomenal job this summer, learning more about our system, our playbook,” Kleiman said. “Has a really good understanding of where he fits. I’ve seen so much more confidence, so much more growing from spring to fall, leading us to believe he’s going to have an outstanding season.”

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Kansas State's Skylar Thompson (10) throws a long touchdown pass to Byron Pringle (9) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas Sate Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Kansas State's Skylar Thompson (10) throws a long touchdown pass to Byron Pringle (9) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas Sate Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The...

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