Notes on the Past, And The Future

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State's 6-6 season is in the books and the process of putting uniforms away is in progress. While the finish was disappointing, there were a number of highs provided by Brandon Banks and Daniel Thomas. Here are some of those, plus other notes on the Wildcats.

The season is over for the Kansas State Wildcats, but what a season it was for senior Brandon Banks and junior Daniel Thomas.

Banks rewrote the K-State record book for kickoff return with 1,127 yards for the season and 1,625 yards for a career. Those marks had been held by Henry Hawthorne (632 for a single year, 1970) and Andre Coleman (1,458 for a career, 1990-93).

Those figures also rank third and 10th, respectively, in Big 12 history.

And, there are Banks' records of kickoff returns for touchdowns in a game (2), in a season (4) and for a career (5). The career average of 28.5 yards per kickoff return is a school and Big 12 record.

In all-purpose yards, Banks' two-year total of 3,828 ranks third in K-State history, while this year's yardage of 2,097 ranks second at KSU and ninth in Big 12 history. With his 351-yard effort against Oklahoma, Banks tied Darren Sproles' single-game record.

For his career, Banks averaged 159.5 all-purpose yards per game, to ranks second only to Mack Herron's average of 165.8 yards per game in 1968-69.

As a receiver, Banks ended up seventh in KSU history in catches (123), sixth in career 100-yard receiving games (6), ninth in yards (1,754) and 10th in career TDs (10).

Thomas, the top candidate for Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, rushed for 1,265 yards, which ranked No. 2 in KSU history for a junior and No. 4 for a single season behind three seasons by Sproles.

Thomas became the fourth fastest player to reach 1,000 yards (192 carries), his 105.4-yard per game average ranks fifth and his five 100-yard rushing games ranks sixth high.

In just one season, Thomas became the 18th all-time rusher in K-State history. With a similar season in 2010, Banks would rank only behind Sproles (4,979), Ell Roberson (2,818) and Eric Hickson (2,537) in K-State history.

Thomas rushed for four touchdowns against Texas A&M, which ties for second high in Wildcat history.


Tysyn Hartman's injury in this past Saturday's Nebraska game was serious. The Wildcat free safety is scheduled to undergo knee surgery by the end of the month.

The likely 2010 non-conference schedule will include home dates with UCLA, Missouri State, Central Florida and at North Texas. Central Florida is the most recent addition. The lone I-AA type team on the slate is Missouri State. There are reported rumors that K-State is trying to get out of the game at North Texas.

Kansas State strength and conditioning coach Mike Kent has left the Wildcat program to take a similar position at Appalachian State. Kent has been at K-State for three seasons.

With a small collection of games still to be played this weekend, here's how the Wildcats rank in the Big 12 this season:

• Brandon Banks 1st in all-purpose yards at 174.8 per game and 1st in kickoff return average (28.9) and kickoff returns for touchdowns (4).

• Daniel Thomas 1st in carries (247), yards (I,265 yards, 105.4 per game) and 2nd in rushing TDs (11).

• Tysyn Hartman was second in interceptions (5).

• Banks was 9th in catches (56). • Attrail Snipes was 6th in yards per catch (15.1).

Ryan Doerr was 7th in punting (41.2)

Josh Cherry was 6th in field goals made (12).

Jeffrey Fitzgerald was 2nd in fumbles forced (3).


• K-State did not score a touchdown in the last nine quarters of the season, or 135:20 of the season.

• K-State passed for just 7 touchdowns. That's the lowest number since 1992 (5).

• K-State was close to 50-50 as it rushed for 2,159 yards 504 snaps and passed for 2,033 yards on 298 attempts.

• In a reserve role, Keithen Valentine averaged 6.5 yards on his 55 rushing attempts.

• Starting every game for K-State were Nick Stringer (LT), Zach Kendall (LG), Wade Weibert (RG/C), Clyde Aufner (RT), Jeron Mastrud (TE), Daniel Thomas (RB) and Attrail Snipes (WR) on offense, and Jeffrey Fitzgerald (DT/DE), John Houlik (LB), Emmanuel Lamur (DB), Tysyn Hartman (FS) and Joshua Moore (CB) on defense.

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