Sproles Making Headlines and Garnering Attention
Sproles Named SBC Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
DALLAS - On the heels of yet another record-breaking rushing performance, Kansas State running back Darren Sproles has been named SBC Big 12 offensive player of the week for games of Sept. 18 in voting by a select panel of media covering the league, conference officials announced Monday.
A senior from Olathe, Kan., and Kansas State's all-time leading rusher, Sproles was spectacular in the Wildcats' win over Louisiana-Lafayette, slicing up the Ragin' Cajuns for a school single-game record 292 yards on 38 attempts, including a 35-yard touchdown run, for an average of 7.7 yards per carry.
The 292 yards, which topped the previous school record of 273 yards set by Sproles vs. Missouri on Nov. 22, 2003, are the seventh-most in Big 12 history and the most by a Big 12 player since Colorado's Chris Brown rushed for 309 yards against Kansas on Oct. 12, 2002.
It also marked the fifth time in his career and the second time in three games this season that the senior has topped 200 yards on the ground.
The Heisman Trophy candidate galloped to 104 yards in the first quarter, marking the seventh time in his career that he has totaled 100-plus yard in a quarter. By halftime, Sproles had rushed for 195 yard, topping his previous best in a half of 186 yards vs. Missouri in 2003.
Sproles, who ranks No. 1 nationally this week in both all-purpose and kickoff returns and No. 4 in rushing, also finished the game with 351 all-purpose yards for the fourth-best single-game performance in that category in Big 12 history. In addition to his 292 rushing yards, he had a 25-yard punt return, a 35-yard kickoff return and six receiving yards and re-set the K-State all-purpose record, topping his previous best of 345 yards vs. Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 6, 2003.
The senior's performance vs. UL-Lafayette was nothing new. Over Kansas State's last nine games and dating back to a 155-yard rushing day vs. Baylor on Nov. 1, 2003, he has gained a total of 1,592 yards on the ground for an average of 176.9 yards per game.
And Sproles continues to gain ground on the Big 12's all-time leader in career rushing an all-purpose yards, Texas' Ricky Williams. With 4,211 rushing yards and 5,495 all-purpose yards for his career, he needs 1,079 yards on the ground and 498 all-purpose yards, respectively, to break Williams' conference records.
Sproles' Big 12 player-of-the-week honor is the first on the season for the Wildcats and the third of his career. As a junior, Sproles was named the league's special teams player of the week on Oct. 27 and the offensive player of the week on Nov. 24.
Under head coach Bill Snyder, Wildcat players have now earned player-of-the-week honors 72 times - 25 offense, 31 defense and 16 special teams.
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