Yamon Figurs stood on a bench on the Kansas State sideline and shook his head in amazement. Moments after Jordy Nelson became Kansas State's single-season receiving king, and after watching No. 27 do what he does so well on a 92-yard punt return, Figurs said of Nelson, "He's amazing. He can do it all. That's why I call him the robot."
Kidded about, "Yamon who?" Figurs flashed a smile as he said, "Hey, that's college football everybody gets replaced. I'm happy for the whole team, but especially Jordy. He's a hard-working dude."
For the record, Figurs caught 28 passes for 418 yards, plus returned 9 kickoffs for a 22.6-yard average, and 22 punts for a 14.7-yard average in his senior season.
With Nelson's eight catches for 105 yards, his reception total for 2007 with five likely games yet to play is now 76, which is one more than Darnell McDonald caught in 2003 (75 catches, 1,092 yards, 9 touchdowns).
"Nothing right now," Nelson said of the meaning of the record. "We got the win, which is big because it keeps us in the chase. After the season we'll be able to reflect on things like this."
This season, Nelson now has 76 catches for 1,008 yards, putting him No. 4 in yardage only behind James Terry (1,232, 2003), Quincy Morgan (1,166, 2000) and McDonald (1,092, 1998).
Oh yes, his 6-yard TD reception was the seventh of the season and 16th of his career putting him No. 4 in that category.
"Jordy works hard, gives it all he has in the games, and is just a play-maker," said quarterback Josh Freeman. "There's really nothing that can take the place of Jordy Nelson. We need to use him as much as we can for as long as we have him."
Nelson's catch of the day came on a third-and-six play in the third quarter when he reached back and made a one-handed, left-hand catch off his left hip that went 31 yards, and a first down.
"I'm not even sure how that worked. I was just hoping it would stick in my glove," said Nelson, who has caught at least 100 yards of passes in five games this season. "The play was big because it got the first down."
And would lead to a Kansas State touchdown.
"I said to someone after he made that one-handed catch, that play's going to get him drafted," said senior teammate Marcus Watts. "He's just an unbelievable player with an unbelievable work ethic. I hope he gets national recognition because he deserves it."
Defensive tackle Steve Cline, who had one of the three KSU interceptions, said of Nelson, "He's the best player I've ever played with. He's just a great all-around guy. He's a model person and a great player."
And, coach Ron Prince was saying the same: "Jordy is everything you'd like your son to be, and what everyone wants in a college football player today. He works hard, is absent of ego, and knows that if he does well, it allows the best chance for his team to win. He takes that burden and performs."
Oh, as for his teammates chanting his name - "Jor-dy Nel-son ... Jor-dy Nel-son," Nelson blushed as he said, "They enjoy it. I don't know if they're doing it for fun, or to just make fun of me. They get a bang out of it, so it's fun."
Nelson's Updated Career Numbers:
Catches: Kevin Lockett, 217; Michael Smith, 179; Jordy Nelson, 160
Yardage: Lockett, 3,032; Smith, 2,457; Aaron Lockett, 2,400; Nelson, 2,224
Touchdowns: Lockett, 26; Morgan, 23; James Terry, 18; Jordy Nelson, 16