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Dominating performances could spell a special performance under the lights in Kansas City...

A myriad of topics hit the fan at Kansas State's weekly press conference Tuesday, one of which was Darren Sproles, the junior from Olathe, Kan.

It's common not to see a quote from Sproles in a story, typically because he's among the quietest football players one will ever meet. Coach Bill Snyder said that was fine, though, particularly when the kid is breaking K-State and, likely, Big 12 rushing records regularly.

"He is not a real vocal young guy, but he is what you see," Snyder said. "He is the real deal -- not pretentious. He has an impact on every player in the program, but he's the guy who walks the walk. You'd have to be a corpse not to be affected by him."

If Sproles continues on track, he'd better get used to speaking to the media. The junior has plenty of it coming his way, particularly when he travels to Orlando, Fla. for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11. Sproles, along with Michigan's Chris Perry and Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones. He has already become K-State's all-time leading rusher and all-purpose yardage king, and is 1713 rushing yards is already fifth in Big 12 annals. His 133 yards rushing per game is sixth in the nation and his 177 yards per game in all-purpose is second. And perhaps Sproles is peaking at just the right time for Kansas State, after gaining 273 yards on 43 carries in a 24-14 win, both school records. Against Nebraska he had 141 yards, against Iowa State he had 201 yards and against Baylor, Sproles rushed for 155 yards.

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