Coaches Honor Wildcats

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder was talking today for the first time since the season-ending loss to Nebraska 10 days ago. The range of subjects included recruiting, postseason awards, and a batch of confirmations on injuries and upcoming games.


Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas has earned Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors and Brandon Banks Special teams Player of the Year honors in a vote of the conference coaches.

On Thomas, coach Bill Snyder said, "The neat thing about it is that Daniel is very deserving, and I know he'll handle it in such a humble way." Thomas was joined on the first team by offensive tackle Nick Stringer, Jeron Mastrud at tight end and Banks as a return specialist.

Second-team honors went to Banks as a receiver, while honorable mention recognition was earned by Jeffrey Fitzgerald at defensive tackle, plus defensive backs Joshua Moore and Tysyn Hartman, and Bill Snyder received votes as Coach of the Year.


Snyder indicated that the recruiting year could be wrapped up "… in a phone call or two." He added that K-State still had three scholarships to offer.

K-State currently has up to 14 commitments, plus another undetermined number of grey shirts from last year that could fill the 2010 class.

Asked about the most pressing recruiting needs, Snyder said that an effort was made to bring from the community college ranks at least one offensive lineman, two defensive linemen and a linebacker.

The Wildcat coach said up to 13 new faces – juco transfers, grey shirts and early high school graduates -- could join the team during the second semester and participate in spring ball.

Snyder openly said that during his first tenure that he would have no more than five or six commitments going into December. Today, that landscape has changed, and he's not too excited about it.

"We're spending half your time with juniors and even sophomores. Where does it stop? I don't know," he said. "Things are out of kilter."


Brandon Harold is still with the team and rehabbing from a knee injury. Snyder said he expected Harold to be able to do most of the work when the team reports back for the second semester.

• Snyder also confirmed, as reported here last week, that Tysyn Hartman would have knee surgery from an injury suffered in the Nebraska game, but he could be ready for spring drills.

• Snyder indicated the Chris Harper, a transfer from Oregon, is still being looked at as a quarterback, and that Colin Klein could move back to quarterback next year after finishing the year at wide receiver.

• Snyder said he was keeping his fingers crossed that offensive lineman Brock Unruh would get a sixth year of eligibility next year. Unruh suffered an injury in the weight room that sidelined him for the entire season.

• Put Central Florida on the Wildcats' home schedule for next year along with Missouri State and UCLA. In all likelihood, the game at North Texas "may not happen."

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