July 31, 2018 5:39:45 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 32 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: Kansas State ranked 32nd in the nation in rushing yards per game last year; being that good this year could be tough after OL Breontae Matthews and RB Dalvin Warmack transferred.
Admittedly, both of these losses are ones that require a little context to truly understand the significance.
It would be easy to look at Dalvin Warmack's numbers from last season -- 48 carries for 252 yards ad three touchdowns -- and cast that aside, but those numbers made him KState's No. 2 running back last year since the three quarterbacks ranked second, third and fourth in rushing yards. Kansas State still has Alex Barnes at running back, and that's good news, but without Warmack it will be placing most of its hopes on Justin Sillmon.
And yes, Breontae Matthews did not start last year for an offensive line that had no seniors, but he was going to be a critical depth piece. He was a junior college transfer that had redshirted, so he was probably Kansas State's best second-team option at a position that is no stranger to injuries. (This transfer is actually the one that inspired Bill Snyder's offseason remarks, which you may have seen, about his dismay with the current transfer epidemic and how players value starting over anything else.)
The point here is Kansas State loses two pieces of note in its running game (to make no mention of the fullback transfer discussed earlier in the countdown) and already has a high standard for itself in the run game. That standard could be tougher to meet this season than it normally is.
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