Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State’s Thompson Exudes Confidence in Spring Showcase

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State’s Thompson Exudes Confidence in Spring Showcase

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MANHATTAN — Skylar Thompson looks the part and acts the part.

There’s no longer any doubt who is Kansas State’s No. 1 quarterback, and nothing in the past month has changed that.

It showed on the practice field, it shows in the huddle, and it even showed in the way Thompson handled a postgame news conference.

“It’s just a confidence thing,” Thompson said following Saturday’s “Spring Showcase” at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the culmination of the first spring under new coach Chris Klieman. “It feels good to have a feeling that my coaches and teammates believe in me and trust me.

“It gives me a lot of confidence to go make plays and not second-guess myself and never look over my shoulder.”

That was not necessarily the case last spring, or all of 2018 for that matter, when Thompson eventually emerged from an extended quarterback competition with Alex Delton, but never enjoyed the kind of job

security a starting quarterback typically expects.

Now that Delton is gone — he’ll be a senior graduate transfer at TCU this fall — Thompson begins his junior season as the clear choice at quarterback under Klieman and offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. And he hasn’t disappointed.

“He and Coach (Collin) Klein and Coach Mess meet an awful lot,” Klieman said of Thompson’s relationship with Messingham and Klein, the quarterbacks coach.

“They do a great job of continuing to give him more and more information, and he’s able to retain.

“That’s the thing I was so impressed with Skyler is the amount of information he was able to retain in a 15-day practice, in the fact that we threw everything in the playbook at him.”

For his part, Thompson has embraced the new offense and the amount of effort it has taken to get where he is now.

“It’s been so much fun getting to know Coach Klieman and this new coaching staff each and every day,” said Thompson, who started 10 of the games he played in last year, completing 58. …

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