When you are 6-foot-6 and well over 260 pounds, you automatically draw the attention of most people in a crowd. When you are a rising star Kansas State Football player, the attention can sometimes be much more intense.
Brandon Harold, a sophomore Defensive Tackle from East St. Louis High School in East St. Louis, Illinois was recruited to K-State as a prized D-line recruit with a tremendous amount of potential and the ability to contribute immediately on the gridiron.
Coming to Manhattan, Harold played in 12 games, starting the last 10 games of the season en route to earning freshman All-American honors last year in 2008. Entering the 2009 season, Harold was tabbed to be a major part of the 2009 Defensive Line and a rising star in Head Coach Bill Snyder's defense.
Expectations were high that the sky was the limit for Harold in the more attacking style of defense that Head Coach Bill Snyder employs.
Those expectations took a detour early in the season when Harold went down with an undisclosed leg/knee injury and rumors of his future at Kansas State begane to surface.
Coach Snyder recently addressed Brandon Harold's situation. Asked if Brandon was still part of the Football Team, Coach Snyder responded: "He's still with me."
Asked for clarification if that meant Harold was still on the team, Coach Snyder again stated: "He's still with me."
Adding further clues to Harold's situation, Coach Snyder commented that Harold "could get a medical red-shirt for this season."