Kansas State Launches Sproles Heisman Website
Special to KStateFans.com
The Kansas State Department of Athletics officially launched a new web site Wednesday morning in an effort to help promote the accomplishments of senior running back Darren Sproles with both the media and fans.
The comprehensive site, www.darrensproles43.com, includes a detailed biography of Sproles' career, video highlights, game-by-game recaps including performances in televised games, in-depth statistics, records and accomplishments, quotes from what prominent people from the world of football are saying about him, links to news articles and even a guest book that fans can log onto to send the senior a note of encouragement and support during the season.
The site will be updated following each game throughout the 2004 season, providing members of the media and fans alike with the latest news, notes, statistics and video clips of the record-setting running back.
The Big 12's preseason Offensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league's media and one of the nation's leading Heisman Trophy candidates, Sproles paced college football in net rushing during 2003 with a Kansas State record 1,986 yards. It was the 10th-best single-season rushing performance in NCAA history and helped propel him to a fifth-place finish in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Sproles, who finished third on The Associated Press' Player of the Year ballot and was the 2003 Doak Walker Award runner-up, was also perhaps the nation's best all-around offensive performer during the season, leading the nation in all-purpose yardage with 2,735 yards to shatter both the K-State and Big 12 single-season records. The performance also lifted Sproles' career all-purpose yardage total to a Wildcat record 4,745 yards and pulled him with in 1,247 yards of Ricky Williams' all-time Big 12 mark.
Sproles, who currently ranks No. 4 on the Big 12's career rushing chart with 3,661 yards and needs just 278 yards to move into the No. 2 position, is also expected to be a leading contender for the Walter Camp Trophy, Maxwell Trophy and Doak Walker Award in 2004.
Kansas State opens preseason practice on Aug. 6 in preparation for the 2004 season opener vs. Western Kentucky at KSU Stadium on Sept. 4.
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