MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Through the first six games of Collin Klein's 2012 season, a year that ended with a third-place Heisman Trophy finish, he had 1,079 passing yards, 515 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns.
Klein graduated, but that might not provide much respite for West Virginia, which plays at Kansas State this Saturday (3:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1).
The Wildcats use a two-quarterback system in lieu of Klein's dual-threat skills, but the combined production is similar in 2013. Junior Jake Waters and sophomore Daniel Sams have combined for 1,297 passing yards, 673 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns through six games this season.
"They both can throw it and run it," WVU senior defensive tackle Shaq Rowell said of K-State's signal callers.
Waters, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior college transfer in his first season with the Wildcats, is listed as the starter.
But it has been sophomore Sams, a 6-2, 210-pounder, who started to wrest control of the position before Kansas State's off week.
Sams is K-State's leading rusher with 86 carries for 522 yards, but 57 attempts and 317 yards came in the past two games. He is also 19-for-28 passing for 222 yards in that span.
Waters has completed 9 of 22 passes and rushed 11 times in the Wildcats' past two games, losses to nationally ranked Big 12 opponents Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Kansas State, the co-Big 12 champs last season, didn't lose until Nov. 17 a year ago. The Wildcats are off to a 2-4 start this season, including 0-3 in the Big 12.
"They're searching a little bit for an identity," third-year WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "You lose a quarterback of the caliber of what they had last year, it's going to take time before they get into a rhythm. They've been searching with the two kids they've been playing.
"They're two different-type guys; they do different things with their scheme. We'll have to prepare for both."
Sams rushed 57 times and passed 28 in the past two games, just more than a 2-to-1 ratio in favor of the run. In contrast, Waters has 22 passes and 11 runs, precisely a 2-to-1 ratio. The defense will have to adjust to the personnel as it changes.
"I think we know what to expect," WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "One of them has strengths to run the ball and the other throws it effectively. We don't prepare any differently than what we did for, say, Oklahoma State with (Clint) Chelf and (J.W.) Walsh."