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Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams rushes for a touchdown during a a game against Louisiana-Lafayatte in Manhattan, Kan. (Associated Press)

Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams rushes for a touchdown during a a game against Louisiana-Lafayatte in Manhattan, Kan. (Associated Press)

K-State quarterback Sams to transfer to McNeese

Last Modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:29 AM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

Former Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams is the newest McNeese Cowboy.

ESPN.com reported on Wednesday that the junior-to-be is headed to Lake Charles after two years in Manhattan, Kan. The Slidell native and Salmen High graduate is a nephew of former standout McNeese returner B.J. Sams.

McNeese head coach Matt Viator said he could not comment on Sams until he is enrolled. McNeese’s summer session begins June 9.

Sams split time behind center with junior Jake Walters in 2013 as the Wildcats looked to replace graduated all-American Collin Klein. By the final three games of the season, Walters took over the position full-time, prompting Sams to give wide receiver a try in spring ball.

Sams told ESPN.com he felt “behind the ball” at receiver and eventually decided to transfer somewhere he could both play quarterback and make it easier for his grandmother to attend games.

Sams said he was willing to wait for his shot at the K-State starting job in 2015, but ultimately the desire to be closer to his family led him to transfer.

Sams was 38 of 53 for 452 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions last season. His legs did far more damage, as he led all Big 12 quarterbacks in rushing with 807 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 carries.

Sams’ breakthrough game came in a 35-25 loss against Baylor in which he gained 199 yards on 30 carries while scoring three touchdowns. He also eclipsed the century mark on the ground against Oklahoma State and Texas Christian.

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