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So You Think You Know Your Wildcats?

By Mark Janssen
 
 
While there's a break in the Kansas State football action this weekend, 'K-State Sports Extra' has decided to test your knowledge of the stars and highlights of the last 20 Kansas State Wildcat seasons.
 
Have some fun, and let us know how you did. (Don't peak!)
 
1) Three former Kansas State walk-ons are currently on NFL rosters. Who are they?  (15 points, 5 for each correct answer)
 
2) Kansas State went to bowl games in 11 consecutive seasons from 1993 through 2003. Do you remember the order? (5 points, all or nothing)
 
3) In the history of the Big 12 Conference, K-State ranks fourth in victories with 67. Who are the first three schools in Big 12 wins? (15 points, 5 for each correct answer)
 
4) Kansas State has had nine individuals earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors. Name them. Hint: Four played offense and five played defense. (45 points, 5 for each correct answer)
 
5) Name the five K-State special teams players that have earned All-American status under Bill Snyder.  (25 points, 5 for each correct answer)
 
6) Kansas State has had nine Consensus First Team All-Americans, seven of which were under Bill Snyder. Name the two that did not earn their All-American status under Coach Snyder. (40 points, 20 for each correct answer)
 
7) In the last 20 seasons, name the nine Wildcats to be drafted among the Top 50 players. (45 points, 5 for each correct answer)
 
8) Of the quarterbacks Bill Snyder has coached at K-State, name the two that were drafted. (10, 5 for each correct answer)
 
 
GRADE CARD
 
200-140: Powercat
 
100-139: Wildcat
 
50-99: Cat
 
0-49: Hmmm ... a Jayhawk?
 
 
ANSWERS
 
1) Walk-ons to the NFL: Rock Cartwright (Oakland), Jon McGraw (Kansas City), Jordy Nelson (Green Bay).
 
2) K-State's consecutive bowl lineup: 1993 - Copper Bowl; 1994 - Alamo Bowl; 1995 - Holiday Bowl; 1996 - Cotton Bowl; 1997 - Fiesta Bowl; 1998 - Alamo Bowl; 1999 - Holiday Bowl; 2000 - Cotton Bowl; 2001 - Insight.com Bowl; 2002 - Holiday Bowl; 2003 - Fiesta Bowl.
 
3) Biggest all-time winners in the Big 12: Texas, 89; Oklahoma, 80; Nebraska, 75; Kansas State, 67. Note of interest: Kansas is 10th with 35.
 
4) Past Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honorees: Michael Bishop, 1997; Jeff Kelly, 1997; Mario Fatafehi, 1999; Derrick Yates, 2000; Tank Reese, 2001; Deon Murphy, 2007; Gary Chandler, 2007; Brandon Banks, 2008; Daniel Thomas, 2009.
 
5) Special Team All-Americans: Sean Snyder, punter; Martin Gramatica, kicker; Jamie Rheem, kicker; David Allen, returns; Brandon Banks, returns.
 
6) Consensus First Team All-Americans not earned under Snyder: Gary Spani, LB, 1977; Jordy Nelson, WR, 2007.
 
7) Top 50 draftees in the last 20 years: Terence Newman, No. 5, 2003; Josh Freeman, No. 17, 2009; Chris Canty, No. 29, 1997; Quincy Morgan, No. 33, 2001; Darren Howard, No. 33, 2000; Jordy Nelson, No. 36, 2008; Thomas Randolph, No. 47, 1994; Kevin Lockett, No. 47, 1997; and, Todd Weiner, No. 47, 1998.
 
8) Quarterbacks drafted who played for Bill Snyder: Chad May, 4th round, 1995; Michael Bishop, 7th round, 1999.