MANHATTAN — Dalton Risner is always good for a story, and he didn't disappoint Saturday during Kansas State's annual fan appreciation day at Snyder Family Stadium.

Risner, a fifth-year senior offensive tackle from tiny Wiggins, Colo., not only shared his first memory of starting for the Wildcats as a redshirt freshman in the 2015 season opener. He also claimed partial credit for a touchdown return on the opening kickoff.

"My freshman year, I'm an 18-year-old playing South Dakota University and I couldn't breathe running out here in the stadium because you all were so loud — 57,000 fans or 60,000, whatever it was," he told an estimated crowd of 1,500 gathered to watch the final hour of practice, then collect autographs. "I couldn’t breathe, I couldn't hear myself think.

"I come from a small town, playing for 50 people at the most. They were all farmers in overalls, man, and getting here to Kansas State, I was not ready to play."

That's when he turned to kick return specialist Morgan Burns for help.

"I told him, 'Hey Morgan, I'm going to need you to run this one back because I'm not ready to play yet,' " Risner said. "First play of the game, Morgan gets a kickoff return, runs it 100 yards for a touchdown, gave me five, 10 minutes before I had to hop on that field."

Risner was one of five Wildcat players — quarterbacks Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson, cornerback Duke Shelley and defensive back/special teams ace Colby Moore were the others — who addressed the crowd after head coach Bill Snyder introduced his coaching staff and the team's seniors.


Nothing to see here

There seldom are any great revelations during the final hour of practice open to the public each year, though it does offer a chance to glean a little information about the depth chart.

As usual, the 60 minutes were heavy on position drills and short on actual 11-on-11 action.


Offensive line intact

There may be some serious competition on the offensive line, where all five starters return, but no changes appeared imminent. The only difference with the No. 1 unit from a year ago was that the guards switched sides as Tyler Mitchell lined up on the left side and Abdul Beecham on the right. Scott Frantz remained at left tackle, Adam Holtorf at center and Risner on the right side.


Defensive breakdown

The No. 1 defensive line featured returning starters Trey Dishon at tackle and Reggie Walker at an end, with Joe Davies at the other tackle and Kyle Ball at end. The two linebackers were Da'Quan Patton and Sam Sizelove, though Elijah Sullivan figures to be in the starting mix.

In the secondary, returning starters Kendall Adams and Denzel Goolsby were back at safety and Shelley at a corner. The other two were AJ Parker at cornerback and Walter Neil at nickel back.


Missing in action

The most notable absences during the drills were linebacker Sullivan, who started two games last year, including the Cactus Bowl, and sophomore running back Mike McCoy.

Sullivan, a junior, is a projected starter, while McCoy is part of a strong stable of backs that also features Alex Barnes, Justin Silmon and Dalvin Warmack.


No answers at QB

Quarterbacks Delton and Thompson took turns, both running the regular offense and throwing to receivers against coverage in passing drills.

Both had some nifty completions as well as at least one interception each. Sophomore safety Brock Monty had a pick against Delton and Parker got in front of a Thompson offering and tiptoed down the sideline before going out of bounds.

One four-man wide receiver configurations had Isaiah Zuber and Zach Reuter out wide, with Dalton Schoen and Warmack split out inside.

K-State coaches have said they hope to find different ways to get the shifty Warmack the ball this year after he saw limited time in the backfield his first three seasons.