Kansas State announces 2004 Football Captains

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State football program announced the names of five players voted by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2004 season late Wednesday. Seniors Darren Sproles and Brian Casey, along with junior Victor Mann will represent the offense, while senior Jermaine Berry and junior Jesse Tetuan were selected on the defensive side of the ball.


Kansas State announces 2004 Football Captains

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State football program announced the names of five players voted by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2004 season late Wednesday.

SeniorsDarren Sprolesand Brian Casey, along with junior Victor Mann will represent the offense, while senior Jermaine Berry and junior Jesse Tetuan were selected on the defensive side of the ball.

All five players were named as player representatives in February, but will be serving their first term as team captains.

"I believe that our players selected five quality young men to serve in a very vital leadership role for this football team and program," said Head Coach Bill Snyder. "I believe each of them will provide leadership of substance. There were more than 10 players who received more than 10 votes for captain, which tells me that there are several others who could also provide quality leadership within the program."

Sproles, one of the nation's leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy and a consensus preseason All-American, is Kansas State's all-time leading rusher and the lone player among the group who also served the 2003 season as a player representative. A candidate for the Maxwell and Walter Camp Trophies as well as the Doak Walker Award, the Olathe, Kan., product enters 2004 with 3,661 career rushing yards and 4,745 career all-purpose yards and will be out to eclipse Ricky Williams' Big 12 Conference records in both categories.

Casey, a preseason candidate for the John Mackey Award, made 11 starts at tight end during 2003. He hails from Gladstone, Mo., and is Kansas State's top returning pass catcher in terms of yards per catch after averaging 18.4 yards on 19 receptions and totaling 349 yards a year ago.

Mann, a rock-solid fullback from Fort Worth, Texas, who also saw some time at tight end during 2003, is expected to finally get his shot in K-State's starting lineup in 2004 after waiting in the wings the past two seasons. He has made two starts during his career and totaled 104 yards rushing on 27 attempts.

Berry is Kansas State's leading returning tackler and was recently named to the slate of candidates for the 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award. The Wichita, Kan., native, chalked up an incredible 82 total tackles from his defensive tackle spot during 2003 and was perhaps the Big 12's most underrated defensive lineman.

Despite playing just two seasons in the K-State program, Tetuan is the Wildcats' most experienced defender with 17 starts at safety. A native of Topeka, Kan., he has collected 62 tackles and a pair of interceptions over the past two seasons.

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