Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas' QB Battle to Play out in Opener ; Haskin: Ertz Must Play Well for K-State to Upset Stanford

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas' QB Battle to Play out in Opener ; Haskin: Ertz Must Play Well for K-State to Upset Stanford

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Musings at the mid-week:

- The indecisiveness over naming a Kansas quarterback is not altogether puzzling.

- David Beaty can look at the opener and bank on the possibility he can insert different QBs.

- A game against Rhode Island affords that opportunity, even for KU, and buys Beaty a little more time to settle on a QB.

- The KU coach made sure to stress the difficulty of the decision by citing the quarterbacks' growth during fall camp.

- "Not even close. Night and day. Those guys have done a phenomenal job,'' Beaty said of a position where freshman Carter Stanley is listed even-up with junior Montell Cozart and sophomore Ryan Willis.

- Seems as if a carousel is turning, but we'll see if one of the quarterbacks separates himself.

- Down the road. Against a Bowl Subdivision opponent.

- Bill Snyder was asked Tuesday about the "or" listed at a certain position on the Kansas State depth chart.

- Puzzled, Snyder asked for clarification on the word, "or."

- Told it was spelled out on the depth chart to indicate two players who had not yet separated themselves, the Wildcats coach said, "Oh, I don't read those things."

- Snyder did "anticipate you would see two or three quarterbacks on Saturday."

- Except the Cats play on Friday. Also, Stanford must use at least one quarterback.

- Not that I want to get into a squabble over semantics here.

- I do believe K-State needs starter Jesse Ertz to sparkle. If he indeed distanced himself as the first-string quarterback, Ertz will figure prominently in any upset hopes.

- The United States flag will fly at Stanford, and the reaction in the Bay Area will be interesting.

- The question now regarding Colin Kaepernick is not so much his refusal to stand for the National Anthem, but the movement the 49ers quarterback may have started.

- Will fans follow suit at sporting events?

- Now, rather than just sit down, Kaepernick has placed himself in a position to stand up and speak out against racial inequality.

- I respect that it is Kaepernick's right, as an American, to express himself in the manner he did. …

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