July 20, 2006

Meier likes new look offense

During a June afternoon inside Kansas State's Vanier Football Complex, one of the nine computer monitors in the spacious team meeting room was cued to a University of Virginia game to re-welcome the Wildcats to their new pro-style passing attack. Dylan Meier said the system fit him "to a tee." Each day, the fifth-year senior, who is vying for the starting quarterback job, meticulously studied the scheme's intricacies.

Granted, Virginia ranked 55th, 24th and 64th nationally in total offense in their three years under offensive coordinator Ron Prince prior to the 36-year-old's hiring as the Wildcats head coach. But the 7-5 Cavaliers averaged 366.2 yards per game. The 5-6 Wildcats ranked 83rd in managing 339.7.

For nearly six months, Meier, who sat out 2005 while recovering from surgery to his injured right throwing shoulder, has viewed, rewound, reviewed, rewound, and dissected (and, yes, rewound again) the pro-style approach, which to onlookers at the Wildcats' opener against Illinois State on Sept. 2, will present an eye-opening contrast to Bill Snyder's offense that since 1997 featured the quarterback running game.

"Schemes and philosophies are good and gravy, but the bottom line is football players make plays," Meier said. "It's going to take players to get that done. Just take the progress in the spring. It's coming around, and once September rolls around we'll be in full gear.

"It's an offense where the more and more I learn it," Meier said, "the more and more I love it."

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