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This Week in Historical past (1997): Three QB’s battle for beginning spot

Okay-State soccer head coach Invoice Snyder waits whereas the referees overview a play and make their last name through the soccer sport in opposition to KU on November 10, 2018. Okay-State defeated KU 21-17. (Archive picture by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Throughout this week in 1997, School Soccer Corridor of Fame Coach Invoice Snyder needed to determine between three quarterbacks to start out for his ninth workforce at Kansas State. The three gamers up for the beginning place have been Adam Helm, Jonathan Beasley and Michael Bishop. 

Adam Helm

In his three years at Kansas State, Helm made 24 appearances, finishing 41-75 passing makes an attempt for a 54.7 % completion charge. The makes an attempt tallied to 489 yards, with zero touchdowns and three interceptions for a 101.4 profession passer ranking.

Sadly, his effort earned him a third-string quarterback place on the depth chart, behind what would grow to be Okay-State legends. 

Jonathan Beasley

If you happen to analysis Jonathan Beasley within the Kansas State document e-book, you’ll see his title in all places. Every little thing quarterbacks are answerable for, he cracked the highest 10: profession passing yards, profession passing touchdowns, single-season passing yards and single-season passing touchdowns.

Beasley’s listed as seventh in profession dashing touchdowns and fifth in single-season dashing touchdowns. He used his single-game dashing landing document of 5 to elevate him to these heights.

Beasley appeared in 37 video games all through his 4 years with the Wildcats from 1996-2000 and recorded a profession passer ranking of 132.7. Nonetheless, the sophomore gunslinger solely obtained 9 passing makes an attempt because the back-up to Michael Bishop.

Michael Bishop

Lastly, now we have the primary ever Kansas State Heisman trophy finalist, Michael Bishop. As the primary Heisman finalist, Bishop continuously seems within the Wildcat document books, reaching eighth in profession passing yards, fourth for single-season passing yards and third in single-game passing yards.  

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Bishop additionally torched single-season passing landing information. He sat in fourth with 36 profession touchdowns, 23 in his 1998 marketing campaign. The hassle launched him into second place for all-time single-season passing touchdowns. 

His last document is being high 10 in dashing touchdowns, totaling 23 to land him ninth all-time in Okay-State historical past. After a really profitable two years at Kansas State, Bishop completed with a profession passer ranking of 147.2, greater than ring of honor candidates Colin Klein and Ell Roberson.

Snyder’s Determination

Forward of the 1997 season, Coach Snyder relished every quarterback’s capabilities, acknowledging their strengths and struggles.

 “It’s obvious to all of us that all of them are succesful younger guys,” Snyder stated to the Mercury in 1997. “Every one has had his good days and each has had his unhealthy days.” 

Snyder decided that might impression the complete season and arguably his profession by selecting Bishop because the starter shifting ahead. He threw for 1,557 yards and 13 touchdowns to cement his spot because the 1998 starter, and completed second in Heisman voting to Ricky Williams.