Clary taken in sixth round of NFL Draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jeromey Clary, one of the most durable offensive lineman during the Bill Snyder era at Kansas State, was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft Sunday by the San Diego Chargers.

The two-time second team All-Big 12 performer and three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree was the 18th player taken in the sixth round and the 187th player selected overall in the draft.

Clary is the third K-Stater to be picked by the Chargers in the last five drafts and will join record-setting Wildcat running back Darren Sproles with in San Diego. Sproles was a fourth-round selection of the Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Overall, Clary is the sixth Wildcat to be drafted by San Diego and the fifth K-Stater to be taken by the franchise since 1994 and will follow in the footsteps of Sproles (2005), Ben Leber (2002), Damion McIntosh (2000) and Andre Coleman (1994).

The lone Wildcat to hear his name called during the two-day draft, Clary's selection marks the 14th straight year that Kansas State has had at least one player taken in NFL Draft. In all, 42 Wildcats have been taken in the NFL Draft since 1992, including Clary.

Kansas State's most consistent offensive lineman for the past two seasons, the Mansfield, Texas, native was named Kansas State's Offensive Lineman of the year in 2005, and the teams co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.

Clary, a December graduate, finished his career at K-State by making his 37th consecutive start in the Wildcats' season-ending victory over Missouri. Clary's 37 starts rank as the fifth-most by an offensive lineman during Bill Snyder's 17-year tenure in Manhattan.

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