QB Patrick Hoard expecting big 2012

The summer has been good to quarterback Patrick Hoard (North Kansas City, Mo./North Kansas City). At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, Hoard has put on nearly 10 pounds of muscle and dropped his 40-yard dash time to 4.59 seconds since the end of his junior season.

To many, the rising senior, athletically, is starting to remind some college football fans of his father, former Kansas State running back J.J. Smith. Hoard isn’t shy about his wishes to follow his father’s footsteps and play for the Wildcats.

“I feel like K-State is the school for me; it’s the place with the coaches I’m trying to impress,” Hoard said. “When I went there, the coaches already knew my name and had heard of me. That was really nice.

“Talking with my dad the other day, he said [quarterbacks] Coach [Del] Miller wanted to come down and see some of my games. He said he’d love to coach me as a quarterback.”

Howard is very interested in Kansas State, but he’s also not turning down other opportunities. He’s got Southeast Missouri State and Pennsylvania currently in his pocket, and Missouri and Missouri State have been in contact with him. He said he recently visited Missouri and Missouri State for camps and visits.

Hoard is looking to improve on a junior season that saw him throw for roughly 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns.