Top Newcomers for 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Whether from the junior college ranks, or Kansas State's redshirt program, coach Bill Snyder is looking for hole-filling help on both sides of the line of scrimmage. No fewer than five first-year Wildcats are expected to land in starting roles. KStateFans picks its' TOP 5 Newcomers!

Kansas State returns a dozen offensive-defensive starters from a year ago, which leaves plenty of positions for newcomers to step up and be Wildcat factors.

Included in the list are junior college recruits, plus individuals who went through a redshirt season in 2009.

Here are our top five Newcomers of 2010:

MANASE FOKETI,
6-5, 325, Jr, Mt. San Antonio College – Offensive Tackle:
Only arrived on campus this fall … counted on for significant snaps at offensive tackle where the Wildcats have been dealing with injuries to potential starters Clyde Aufner and Zach Hanson … "Manase is a very athletic kid. He's got good feet and he can pass block really well," said KSU O-line coach Charlie Dickey. "He's got a chance to really be a good football player." … Due to injuries, a likely starter against UCLA.

CHRIS HARPER,
6-1, 234, Soph, Wide Receiver: Like Brodrick Smith, Harper is a Kansas product (Wichita Northwest), and an ex-quarterback, who took his talents out of state (Oregon) for his first year of college in 2008. … With the Ducks, Harper because the first player in eight years to run, receiver and pass for a touchdown in the same season. … Harper was Oregon's fifth leading rusher, which included a season-high of 60 yards against Washington. He also caught five passes in a single game for 85 yards against Arizona State. … Expected to be in the rotation of four wide receivers.

RAY KIBBLE,
6-4, 296, Soph, Defensive Tackle: A transfer from Navarro Junior College, who has three seasons to play. … According to Mo Latimore, "Ray gives us great size, great strength, plus has some quickness and mobility. He's proven to be a good run defender, who can use his hands." … Prep MVP at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, and a 3-Star recruit out of Navarro. … In the mix with Raphael Guidry to be a starting d-tackle along side Prizell Brown.

BRODRICK SMITH,
6-2, 206, Soph, Wide Receiver: A native of Garden City, Kan., and transfer from the University of Minnesota, where he caught five passes and one TD in 2008. … After wide receivers caught just five touchdowns last year, coach Michael Smith says, "Brodrick gives us a big, athletic target to throw the ball to. Being a former quarterback, he has the athletic ability that I think we'll be able to utilize his talents in a variety of ways." …

Expected to start.

TRAMAINE THOMPSON,
5-7, 165, Fresh, Wide Receiver: A product of Jenks, Okla., where he rushed for 550 yards and caught passes for 729 more in his senior season. … As a junior and sophomore, Thompson helped Jenks to the state title. … A Brandon Banks-type in terms of size and speed. … Expected to start.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Andre McDonald, 6-8, 282, Fr, Choctaw, Okla. – Tight End: With his bulk, will be counted on as KSU's best blocking tight end. Sharing starting reps with Travis Tannahill.

Matthew Pearson, 6-0, 190, Jr, Hutchinson Community College – Cornerback: A Wichita native … two-year starter at corner for Hutch Juco.

Kadero Terrell, 6-1, 237, Jr, Garden City Community College – Defensive end: Suffered a broken leg last year … a 4-Star prep guy out of Eustis, Fla. … has not played a game since the 2007 season … has moved from linebacker to defensive end.

Ty Zimmerman, 6-1, 202, Fr, Junction City, Kan. -- Safety: A grayshirt quarterback last season, who was moved to safety during spring drills. Likely the No. 3 safety behind Emmanuel Lamur and Tysyn Hartman.


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