Former K-State nose tackle Tank Reese rumbled into the opposing team's backfield, seemingly disrupting every play during his two years as a Wildcat. And things aren't likely to change soon for Reese, who made the cut with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 31.
"I told him when he left here, 'You make them cut you,'" K-State Coach Bill Snyder said. "He certainly did. That's the way Tank is. He's done it the same way with Kansas City."
That way is having a motor that runs on every play.
During his K-State career, Reese started in 24 games, recording 111 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a defensive tackle in 2002, and was named second-team All Big-12 and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2001.
"He practices hard, like you want guys to play," Snyder said. "He goes 100 miles per hour in everything he does. He's just one of those guys that's everywhere you want him to be."
That includes moving to the offensive side as a fullback during the Chiefs' training camp. He was eventually moved back to nose tackle with some helpful prodding from his K-State coach.
"I talked to Carl (Peterson), and I said, 'I understand the size restrictions, but he's a nose guard-type guy."
Reese, a native of Auburndale, Fla., came to K-State from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2000, where he registered 78 tackles and was voted second-team All-Jayhawk Conference. The multi-talented Reese also punted for Hutchinson, averaging 32.8 yards per punt.
The 5-foot-10, 294 pound Reese had seen time on the offense in high school, where he rushed for 1,700 yards as a senior at Aburndale High School. He also moonlighted as a fullback in practices at K-State, Snyder said.
While Reese has officially made the Chiefs' 53-man roster, Coach Dick Vermeil said he has plenty of room to grow.
"We're impressed with what we see, but what we see has to improve," Vermeil told the Associated Press. "He'll either do it or not be able to do it. But, we're also looking for a nose tackle guy out there."
According to Snyder, that's exactly what the Chiefs have gotten.
"He's a coach's player," Snyder said. "We love that guy who goes out and plays and practices as hard as he can. Tank is that kind of guy."
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