Coach Bill Snyder has had success before starting a junior college quarterback at Kansas State. This season, he'll try for success with another.
Snyder announced Monday that Jake Waters will be his starting quarterback Friday when the Wildcats open against North Dakota State. Waters got the starting nod over Daniel Sams for the spot vacated by Heisman finalist Collin Klein.
"Jake displayed more consistency in all the areas we talked about and provided the kind of leadership we want," said Snyder, who came a game away from reaching the national championship in 1998 with quarterback Michael Bishop, a former junior college transfer.
Waters was the top-ranked quarterback recruit coming out of junior college after leading Iowa Western to a national title.
Waters was also the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year and set a junior college record with a 73.3 completion percentage. He chose the Wildcats over Penn State and enrolled at Kansas State in the winter.
"He heavily invested himself in his preparation and learning of this system," Snyder said. "It has shown obviously on the field."
Though Waters will start, Snyder said Sams would play some Friday but didn't indicate how much. Snyder said Sams missed a few workouts during the preseason, which hurt him in the competition.