Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jesse Ertz Looks to Make His Name as K-State Quarterback

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jesse Ertz Looks to Make His Name as K-State Quarterback

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DALLAS -- Not that there's anything wrong with the name Jesse, and Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz is quite happy with the moniker, but there is an element of coolness to his middle name: Sisco.

It's part of his Twitter handle -- @JSisco16, which includes his jersey number -- and there is a logical explanation for how he got the name.

"Sisco is my mom's maiden name," Ertz said Tuesday at Big 12 football media day. "There's no male Siscos so the name is going to go away, so they gave me that as a middle name."

Although it's spelled differently, Ertz has a passing familiarity with the 1950s television western show, "The Cisco Kid," who was billed as the "Robin Hood of the old west."

"I have heard of it, but I never really thought of using it," he said of the potential nickname "The Sisco Kid".

It may catch on, though.

"I always call him J-Sisco, but I didn't know his middle name was actually Sisco," said K-State center Dalton Risner. "Maybe I'll get that rolling on the team and out there in the world so on game day they'll say, 'Sisco is up for the snap and ready to roll.' That is a cool name."

Whether Ertz is under center for the snap when the Wildcats open the season at Stanford on Sept. 2 remains to be seen. He won the starting position last year but suffered a season-ending knee injury on the first snap of the opening game.

Now, with a sense of deja vu, Ertz is considered the front- runner for the job but still faces competition from senior Joe Hubener and freshman Alex Delton.

Coach Bill Snyder called them "our three number one" quarterbacks.

"It's a program guideline: You go into the fall the way you came out of spring, unless you do something detrimental to yourself or the program," Snyder said. "They came out all equal and will go into the fall all equal."

Ertz said his appearance at Big 12 media day is part of his duties of being a team captain along with Risner, safety Dante Barnett and defensive end Jordan Willis.

"I got the honor of coming here, but we're a long ways from anything being decided," Ertz said. …

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