Notes and Quotes From The Spring Game

The weather was great at 60-degrees, but the play? Well, as coach Bill Snyder said to the media, "Have you ever seen anything as boring as that?" The following includes a bit of this and a dash of that from Saturday's spring game.

DRESSING FANCY:
Bill Snyder patrolled the sidelines dressed in a sportcoat and grey slacks, but that won't be the case this fall.

"I had so many things going today, I didn't have time to change," said the Wildcat coach. Included on that list were 450 recruits/parents, and the Black Lions from the Big Red 1 were in the house.

TURNOVER FOR SNYDER:
Normally armed with a micro-cassette player for such occasions to give himself verbal reminders, Snyder admitted that he had two. One was misplaced and the other he left at home Saturday morning.

CAPTAINS NAMED:
Named as 2009 captains in a vote by their teammates were quarterback Carson Coffman, linebacker Alex Hrebec, tight end Jeron Mastrud and offensive lineman Nick Stringer.

2008 AWARDS:
Award winners for the
2008 football season were announced prior to the game:
Over-Achiever: Joseph Kassanavoid
Red Raider: Payton Kirk
Scholar-Athlete: Jeron Mastrud
Nancy Bennett Memorial: Jeron Mastrud
Ken Ochs Courage: Kevin Rohleder
Bob Cope Memorial: Heath Alexander
Joan Friederich: Tysyn Hartman
Shorty Kleinau: Eric Childs
Purple Pride: Alex Hrebec
Anthony Bates Memorial: Jayson Cuba
Most Improved Defense: Joshua Moore
Most Improved Offense: Ernie Pierce
Front Seven MVP: Brandon Harold
Offensive Lineman: Nick Stringer
Defensive MVP: Ian Campbell
Offensive MVP: Josh Freeman
Special Teams MVP: Brooks Rossman

DEFENSIVE HEROES:
Alex Hrebec recorded 19 tackles with one for negative yards, while Brandon Harold, Tysyn Hartman and John Houlik each had nine tackles. Harold had four tackles for negative yards, which included three sacks. He also forced a fumble.

RUN OF THE GAME:
Who else? Brandon Banks left d-back Jase Hartenbower grasping at only air after a juke in the middle of a 64-yard catch-and-run in the second half. Banks reminded fans how he's the fastest man on cleats ... since Darren Sproles.

HIT OF THE GAME:
It came on offense as tight end/fullback Braden Wilson caught a dump pass from Coffman with the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder mauling 6-0, 205-pound defensive back Marc St. Felix on a seven-yard pass.

THE PUNTERS/KICKERS:
Ryan Doerr averaged 45.2 yards on five attempts with a long punt of 58 yards while with the Purples, plus 45.8 yards on four ties with the Whites. On extra points, Josh Cherry was a perfect 3-of-3, Brandon Klimek a perfect 2-of-2, and Anthon Cantele hit his only attempt. Cherry was true on a 20-yard field goal, but missed on a 56-yarder.

ONLY WATCHING:
Among those two-deep players missing the game apparently due to injuries were punter D.J. Fulhage, wide receiver Adrian Hilburn, plus defensive backs Logan Dold, Chris Canty, Otis Johnson and Adrian Stryker.

LOCAL FLAVOR:
The roster included 94 players with 39 of those coming from Kansas high schools and Sunflower community colleges. Included were: Brandon Klimek, Manhattan; Adrian Stryker, Valley Heights; Cole Bachamp, Manhattan; Jase Hartenbower, Riley; and, Kaleb Drinkgern, Marysville.

WATCHING:
The attendance was announced at 12,804.

THE STARTERS

1st UNIT OFFENSE
QB - Carson Coffman, Jr
RB - Keithen Valentine, Sr
WR - Brandon Banks, Sr
WR - Brice Vignery, Sr
WR - Attrail Snipes, Sr
TE - Jeron Mastrud, Sr
LT - Nick Stringer, Sr
LG - Brock Unruh, Sr
C - Wade Weibert, Jr
RG - Colten Freeze, Soph
RT - Clyde Aufner, Soph

1st UNIT DEFENSE

DE - Brandon Harold, Soph
DT - Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Sr
DT - Daniel Calvin, Sr
DE - Eric Childs, Sr
LB - Alex Hrebec, Soph
LB - John Houlik, Sr
DB - Courtney Herndon, Sr
DB - Billy McClellan, Sr
DB - Tysyn Hartman, Soph
DB - Craig Boswell, Sr
DB - Joshua Moore, Jr

SPECIALISTS

PK - Josh Cherry, Jr
P - Ryan Doerr, Fr; George Pierson, Sr


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