Headliners for 2007

The Kansas State football year was a bust at 5-7 and having gone from 4-2 to 5-7, but there were a handful of highlights.

It's the opinion here, that these are the top five individuals who are not necessarily MVPs, but those Wildcats who did their respective jobs better than any other Wildcats on the field.

It tells much about the year that there are no defenders among the top five (six), and four are special teamers. Afterall, the KSU defense allowed 198 points in the final four games ... 198!

No. 1 - A no-brainer ... Mr. Jordy Nelson.

KSU's No. 27 set all the single-season records for wide receivers with his 122 catches for 1,606 yards, plus he had 11 touchdowns to go along with those numbers.

Oh yes, as a punt returner, all this former walk-on out of Riley County High School did was average 52.8 yards.

There's no question that Nelson should be the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, a first-team all-American and a first-round NFL draft choice next April.

Not only was he the best Wildcat in 2007, but he was also the most everything, including valuable.

No one else was even close.

No. 2 - Punter Tim Reyer.

This says quite a bit about the 2007 season ... a punter is one of the headliners.

While Nelson came from about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan, Reyer came from just over 20 miles east of Manhattan, and like Nelson, was a walk-on to the KSU program.

All Reyer did was earn the no. 1 punting job in his third game as a Wildcat, and never relinquish the chore.

This year, Reyer led the Big 12 Conference in punting with an average of 44.5 yards. That figure ranks among the top five for one year in KSU history.

But Reyer did more than put foot to ball for distance (17 punts over 50 yards). He also had a short game as 22 of his punts were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard-line.

No. 3 - Kicker Brooks Rossman.

Go figure. Rossman connected on just 1-of-5 kicks during the 2005 season at Ohio, before transferring to Kansas State.

After sitting out the 2006 season, Rossman emerged as the Big 12's leading field goal kicker for the majority of the season.

Rossman was true on 22-of-28 field goals, plus 44-of-46 extra points. The number of makes tied a K-State single-season record previously held alone by Martin Gramatica in 1998.

No. 4 - Long snapper Cory Adams.

Who? That's why Adams makes this list ... you may have never heard of him.

Adams, as a true-freshman, was K-State's long snapper for all punts and field goals, and was on target every single time.

During the recruiting season, this Colorado product was scouted the recruiting services to be the best long snapper to come out of the high school ranks in years and years.

The services were right.

No. 5A - Punt returner Deon Murphy.

The sure-handed and explosive Deon Murphy helped the Wildcats lead the nation in punt returns by individually averaging 17.5 yards.

No. 5B - Quarterback Josh Freeman.

While basically still only a .500 quarterback, Freeman did post some fancy numbers in 2007 with single-season records in completion and his 3,353 yards with 18 touchdowns.

Still a sophomore, Freeman has record-type numbers, but has yet to demonstrate the ability to throw a team on his back and say, "Let's go win a football game."


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