Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Wildcats' Waters Tough to Top ; K-State: Wildcats Mentally Tough

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Wildcats' Waters Tough to Top ; K-State: Wildcats Mentally Tough

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MANHATTAN -- He came to Kansas State with the reputation of a junior college quarterback who could fling the ball all around the field, but Jake Waters has proven to be much more.

Yes, he's still an accurate, efficient passer, but more and more Waters is proving his toughness. He absorbs hits in the pocket and when running the ball but keeps picking himself up off the turf.

K-State has had many tough quarterbacks over the years, most notably Collin Klein, and Waters is putting himself in that category.

"When people think of Collin, they always remember how bloody he was in games," Wildcats linebacker Jonathan Truman said. "Jake hasn't had any iconic pictures of him bleeding everywhere, yet, but he's just as tough.

"He prepares well and goes out there and just competes. It doesn't matter who hits him or how hard they hit him, he's going to line back up and be a leader for our offense."

Truman knows something about toughness, and coach Bill Snyder put those two in the same category after the Wildcats' 31-30 road win over Oklahoma last Saturday.

"Right after the ballgame in the locker room I identified two or three youngsters, for a variety of different reasons, about their degree of physical and mental toughness that I had a great appreciation for," Snyder said. "One was Jonathan Truman, one was Jake Waters. They are tough young guys.

"Off the field they are nice, well-mannered, polite and selfless as anybody you'll ever find but you put them on the field and there's that degree of toughness that is significant to play the game."

Waters wasn't available at K-State's weekly press conference Tuesday, perhaps getting treatment for a shoulder he dinged at the end of a career-long 53-yard run against the Sooners. Waters was tackled from behind and landed on his left shoulder but finished the drive before going to the locker room briefly and returning in time for the next series.

Snyder said Waters wasn't in position to slide and avoid contact. …

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