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January 2011 Archives

Around the World Wildcat Notes

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Here are some notes and honors on several Kansas State student-athletes, past and present.

CLEMENTE ON THE MOVE: Former K-State basketball standout Denis Clemente has signed a contract with Maroussi, Greece, after a brief stay with Maccabi Rishon Lesion in Israel.

Clemente played seven games in Israel, averaging 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds.

PUERTO RICO NATIONAL TEAM: Clemente and Luis Colon have made the initial list of 41 prospects for the Puerto Rico National team.

The team will play in the Centrobasket Tournament in the Dominican Republic, and in the Central American and Caribbean events in Puerto Rico.

Slow Start Dooms Wildcats

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - On Kansas Day it was Kansas' day, as in the Jayhawks.

For the 42nd time in the last 44 games in the Sunflower Showdown, the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks carried away the bouquet of sunflowers in a 90-66 handling of the Kansas State Wildcats in Allen Fieldhouse.

Just minutes before tipoff K-State coach Frank Martin said, "I worry about the beginning of the game and our young guys keeping their emotions in check."

Happy Birthday Game for the state of Kansas

By Mark Janssen 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - January 29.

That's today: the 150th birthday for the State of Kansas, and, the day that the Kansas State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks will play hoops for the 271st time. The series is the sixth-longest in NCAA basketball.

KU leads in the series 180-90, which includes W's in the last six games. Since the start of Big 12 play, the Jayhawks hold a 33-2 strangle hold on the rivalry.

"Sunflower Showdown" Time

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Allen Fieldhouse. Historic Allen Fieldhouse.

It's where Kansas State has not won a game since 2006 - Remember, even coach Jim Wooldridge exclaimed afterward, "Can you believe it?" - and not since 1994 before that has a Wildcat team won in Lawrence.

Oh, Kansas can lose in its storied facility, in fact they did last Saturday to Texas, 74-63. But one has to go back into the 1980s to find the last time that a KU team lost two in a row on its home Jayhawk floor.

With the Wildcats, It Starts on Defense

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's women's basketball team will be trying to roll-on Saturday when it plays the University of Kansas in a 2 p.m., tip in Bramlage Coliseum.

With three straight wins and a 4-2 record in Big 12 play, the Wildcats find themselves only looking up to the three mega-powers of the league in No. 1 Baylor (6-0, 18-1), No. 6 Texas A&M (5-0, 18-1) and No. 13 Oklahoma (5-1, 15-4).

Wroblewski's Game to Remember

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The date was Feb. 7, 1962; the venue was Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kansas.

At the time, no Kansas State Wildcat had ever scored more than the 45 points that Bob Boozer poured in on Purdue in 1958.

At the time, only the amazing Wilt Chamberlain had scored as many as 46 points in Allen Fieldhouse.

Big 12 vs. SEC is Best vs. Best

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto says of this weekend's Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge, "It will be comparable, and in some areas even more competitive, than the Big 12 Championships. That's how good this meet is. In several events there will be four or five people that will be in the finals at the national meet. It is a really, really quality meet."

The competition will take place Friday and Saturday on the campus of Texas A&M University. Representing the Big 12 Conference will be K-State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. From the SEC will be Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi.

Thomas to Miss Senior Bowl

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The injury isn't believed to be serious, but K-State running back Daniel Thomas has pulled out of this weekend's Senior Bowl due to a hamstring injury.

Thomas would have been the first Wildcat since 2008 (Jordy Nelson) to play in the Senior Bowl, while the last running back to do so was Thomas Clayton in 2007. In K-State history, Thomas would have been the 40th player to take part in the game.

Thomas will now try to get healthy for next month's NFL Combine where he hopes to enhance his draft stock.

The All-Big 12 standout entered the week being ranked by draft guru Mike Mayock as the No. 2 tailback in this year's draft class only behind Alabama's Mark Ingram.

On other draft boards, the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder is listed among the top six running backs in the nation and a likely draft selection in the second or third round.

The other top-ranked dashers are considered to be Mark Ingram of Alabama, Mikel Leshoure of Illinois, Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, Jordan Todman of UConn and Demarco Murray of Oklahoma. All are projected to go in the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

If there's an area limiting Thomas' draft stock it's in overall speed where he's been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.52 as a best and 4.63 as an average.

Multiple scouting reports are out on Thomas:
• Thomas is a no nonsense runner. He has a big, solid frame that can absorb punishment and inflict it, allowing him to run effectively in between the tackles. His speed is solid, but his athleticism can really be seen in his hips, as he's a very fluid and natural runner. While not a burner, Thomas can give defenses major problems in open space, as he possesses the elusiveness to get past linebackers and the toughness to bull-doze anyone in the secondary.

• Schematically the K-State product is unlimited as he can play in a smash mouth offense or one which calls for a speedy, slice and dice back. While he has an excellent body it's not necessarily NFL perfect. His upper body is fantastic but his legs are a bit thin and lack the power you would expect for a man of his size. Thomas also lacks elite speed and will never be considered a burner at the next level.

• Kansas State's Daniel Thomas isn't an explosive scat back or a massive bruiser. But he has the size, skills, and fluidity to be the perfect middle man at the next level. Has experience as a receiver, but doesn't have elite hands. Overall, he's the complete package as a runner, without the dazzle effect.

• Thomas has shown great vision by finding and rarely missing an open running lane.  He uses his quick burst to get through those open holes before they are plugged by a defender.  When he gets through the initial hole he is very difficult to bring down and often breaks the first attempted tackle.  He keeps his legs churning fighting for every last yard available.  Thomas is tailor made to be a short yardage back in the NFL and likely a lot more.  He has shown that he is capable of being a 3 down back in the NFL because he is a capable and willing pass blocker and he has reliable hands.

• Thomas can appear too stiff at times, and will enter the 2011 NFL season at 24. He's not ancient, but since the average age of the average NFL player's career is under 30 years old, teams won't like that number.

• While Thomas has very good vision that can sometimes be his undoing.  He is always looking for the perfect open hole but sometimes they just don't materialize.

Thomas was the 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and this year rushed for 1,585 yards, most ever for a senior running back. His 2,850 career yards ranks him second in K-State history, and his 269-yard rushing effort at North Texas this year ranks third-highest for a single game.

The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl will take place at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.

Brown's Game Slowing Down, Growing Up

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Go slower, achieve more.

For the better part of two years, the wordage seemed foreign to K-State junior Branshea Brown.

Simplified, Brown's game was out of sync to Big 12 play through her first two seasons when she averaged a measly 1.4 and 3.1 points per game, respectively, in her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Martin, Pullen Get on Same Page

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Frank Martin will tell you the new found link with Jacob Pullen is ... well, he'll only say, "That's between Jake and I."

But whatever conversation that took place, the words were well chosen by the coach, with every syllable intently listened to by the player.

But the basics are these: "I'm doing my job better," said Martin. "Rather than expecting him to do things, I'm helping him to do things, which enables him to be a better leader for those young guys."

Free Throws the Key to K-State's Victory

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Boy, was that needed: Kansas State  69, Baylor 61.

The Wildcats, now 2-4, 14-7 clawed their way out of a 1-4 Big 12 funk Monday with a victory over the 3-3, 13-6 Bears.

Strange as it might sound, but K-State made only three ... that's three all by Curtis Kelly ... field goals in the last 12:19 of the game, but also swished 20-of-23 from the charity stripe to solidify the victory.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 24

Wildcat Fans,

It's Big Monday in Manhattan! We look forward to seeing a packed Bramlage Coliseum tonight as we host Baylor at 8 p.m. in our first of two home games on ESPN's marquee weekly telecast.

Here are a few updates from the department as the spring semester kicks off and many of our athletic teams get back into competition.

Southwell Earns Spot in Lineup

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Had Shane Southwell only not fouled out just five minutes into the second half Saturday at Texas A&M, might have the outcome been different?

Debate the topic if you wish, but it is fact that the 6-foot-6 freshman provided K-State's first four points of the game, plus contributed two assists in just 10 minutes of court time.

Robbins Reflects on Days as a Wildcat

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Being an old-timer, at times I wonder whether the semi-olden times weren't just as good as we have it today.

This came to mind over last weekend when K-State staged a "Legends Weekend" for nearly 50 former Wildcat basketball players and coaches.

I was one of those students who stood in line for hours for every K-State home game during the late-1960s in order to make that mad dash for a bleacher seat six to eight rows up somewhere in between the free throw circles of Ahearn Field House.

No. 10 Aggies Next for Unranked Wildcats

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - "We've had a goal since the day we got here: to win a Big 12 championship. That has not changed, and it will not change."

The words are those of Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin. But if those words are to come true in 2011, the Wildcats need to start accumulating victories, and no better place to start than today in College Station, Texas, against the No. 10 ranked Texas A&M Aggies.

Bietau High on 2011 Wildcats

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State tennis coach Steve Bietau is trying to guard against it, but there are those occasional slips when he compares this 2011 team to his 2003 squad.

That just happened to be a team that went 7-4 in the Big 12 and 15-8 overall and was the last Wildcat team to advance to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, it played in the Sweet 16.

Wildcats Not Out of It Yet

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Yes, we know that Kansas State plays its basketball games in halves, but for giving definition to this Big 12 basketball season, we're at the end of the first quarter.

Yeah, we're already four games into the 16-game Big 12 grind with a dozen to go.

At 1-3, K-State's not where it wants to be, for sure, but the good news is that there is plenty of hoop time to recover.

K-State Women Hit Pivotal Stretch

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's basketball coach Deb Patterson calls this "go time."

"Everyone is capable of whooping up on you by 30 if you're not ready to go," said the Wildcats' women's coach. "It's go time."

After starting the Big 12 season 1-2 with a win over 0-3 Oklahoma State, and narrow losses to 3-0 Oklahoma and 3-0 Texas Tech in double-overtime, Kansas State now faces a favorable next month of the schedule.

Snyder Not So Sure That 'New Ways' are 'Better Ways'

By Mark Janssen

(Editor's Note: By NCAA rule, "Sports Extra" cannot list names of prospective recruits until they have actually signed with the university on Feb. 2.)

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Upon his return to the coaching sideline in 2009, Bill Snyder had a choice to make when it came to recruiting.

He could continue to recruit in his comfort zone, or, he could blend in to the new trend of offering oodles of scholarships even prior to the first snap of the senior season for many players.

With the concern of having to take only what players were left if he didn't make the early offers, the Wildcat coach joined the relatively new trend.

Martin Goes Back to Teaching Philosophy

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Early this fall, Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin spoke to nearly 800 Wichita public school teachers on what he expects as a coach today, and as a teacher 15 to 20 years ago in the Miami school system.

1) Be on time
2) Be prepared mentally and physically
3) Gimme what you got.

Wildcats Rock and Roll to 34-Point Victory over Tech

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the first time in quite some time, Kansas State played with a smile, even coach Frank Martin at least grinned a couple times.

Yes, the Wildcats had fun as they dismantled Texas Tech 94-60 in Bramlage Coliseum on "Legends Day."

Growing Up Time for Wildcats

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The last time Kansas State's basketball team lost three games in a row was between the 2009 dates of January 10 and January 21.

In fact, the Wildcats lost four games to Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Baylor to open Big 12 Conference play. K-State would win its next six games, and finish in fourth-place 9-7 in league play.

Kelly Apologizes, Ready for Action

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Like Jacob Pullen did following his three-game suspension, Thursday night it was Curtis Kelly apologizing to his teammates, his coaches, his family and the Kansas State fans for what he termed a "stupid mistake" that resulted in a six-game suspension.

The 22-year-old Kelly called it a mistake he could have perhaps seen "... two or three years ago, but not now. I don't know why I made the mistake, but it happened for a reason. I have to learn from it and move on."

Buffs Make History with Upset Win

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the first time in Colorado history, a Buffalo basketball team has consecutive wins over ranked teams. Saturday, CU defeated No. 8 Missouri in the Rockies, 89-76; Wednesday in the Flint Hills, CU defeated No. 21 K-State, 74-66.

It was also the Buffs first-ever victory over a ranked team on the road in 31 tries.

"That's awesome to be the first, but we're trying for a lot of firsts," said CU senior Cory Higgins. "This is a whole new Colorado team."

McGruder: K-State's Mid-Year MVP

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rodney McGruder.

Name an MVP of K-State's first 16 games to the season and it's hard to argue with No. 22, Rodney McGruder. That would have been true prior to Saturday's 76-62 loss at Oklahoma State, and even in that defeat, it would have been true afterward as the 6-foot-5 sophomore was the Wildcats' lone bright spot.

McGruder tallied 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, which included three 3-balls. He also led the team in rebounds with six, which matched his season average, and committed just one of K-State's 21 turnovers.

Oh What a Day for Voronenko

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Alina Voronenko laughed as she said, "My teammates were finding me and the opponent didn't know who I was. They probably didn't even scout me."

Oklahoma State may have ignored the 6-foot-2 K-State junior, but it's certain that Oklahoma will be aware of the Wildcats' No. 32 on Wednesday night when the teams play in Norman, Okla., in a 7 p.m. tipoff.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - January 10

Good Afternoon Wildcats,First off, I would like to commend the 9,000-plus fans who filled Bramlage Coliseum yesterday as Coach Patterson and the women's basketball team won their eighth straight game at home and Big 12 Conference opener against No. 25 Oklahoma State. It was a terrific environment and our student-athletes and coaches were very appreciative of the turnout.

I wanted to take the time today to thank the Wildcat Nation for its dedication and continued support of K-State Athletics and Kansas State University.

Cartwright: "Not About the Start, but About the Finish"

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rock Cartwright says he always thought there was a spot for him in the National Football League, but even he admits, "I'm not sure if I thought it would be this long. Right now, I'm taking it one year at a time, and not taking anything for granted."

After eight seasons with the Washington Redskins, Cartwright just completed his first season wearing the black and silver of the Oakland Raiders in his ninth NFL season.

Patterson: Search for Offense Continues

By Mark Janssen 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It is 13 games into the 2010-11 season, but coach Deb Patterson says her women's basketball lineup "...is still a work in progress. We're continuing to evaluate day-to-day. We're looking for that work-ethic and intensity that have to be there even if each possession is not polished."

The 10-3 Wildcats are winning games with their defense, which is allowing just 51.9 points per game, and their rebounding where they hold a plus-5.0 rebound per game average.

Wildcats Out to Break Stillwater Skid

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The date was Jan. 9, 1993. That's back in the days of Askia Jones, Vincent Jackson and Anthony Beane.

It's been that long ago that Kansas State last defeated Oklahoma State in the Cowboys' Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Since that 75-62 overtime Wildcat victory for the men of - get this - Dana Altman, K-State has lost 10 times by margins of 21, 24, 23, 5, 6, 5, 8, 20, 14 and 6 points during the eras of Tom Asbury, Jim Wooldridge, Bob Huggins and Frank Martin.

Judge Finds His Swagger

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - You're 20 years of age and half-way across America from your Washington D.C., home. The semester is racing toward final exams, and the leather ball isn't finding its way into the center of that orange circle of a basket.

As Wally Judge says of himself, "I lost my way. It was a self thing. No one can push you harder than you push yourself. A lot of times being your biggest critic can be bad for you. It can weigh you down."

Letter From A.D. John Currie - January 6

January 6, 2011

Happy New Year! 

I hope all of Wildcat Nation had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. Let me start off today's note by thanking the 5,000-plus Wildcat fans who made the trip to New York City to support Coach Snyder and our football team at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Our fans, as they always do, did a great job of positively representing our university and, though the outcome of the game was one that was bittersweet, our players and coaches fought hard and provided one of the most exciting bowl games of the 2010 season.

Colon Misses His K-State Home

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Not too long ago, Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin said that the Wildcats' missing leadership and swagger was located in Israel, Puerto Rico and Bartlesville.

He was referring to graduated seniors Denis Clemente, who is playing professionally overseas; Luis Colon, who is playing in the pro leagues in his native country; and, Chris Merriewether, who is working for Phillips Conoco in Oklahoma.

Seniors Salute "Teacher" Snyder

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan - If Bill Snyder had his way, he'd be referred to as "teacher" Snyder, and not "coach" Snyder.

And it would not be teacher/coach of football, but teacher/coach of life.

To the cast of thousands when it comes to K-State fans, the 71-year-old Snyder will continue to be known as "coach" Snyder. But to the departing senior members of this 2010 Wildcat football team, they know differently.

"Coach Snyder is all about life lessons," said walk-on linebacker Jarett Wright. "If you commit to what he says, you will learn a lot about life, and if you continue to apply it after K-State, I'm sure it will make you successful in life. I've come to learn that football is a mini-life. He helps in making you a good person as long as you consistently buy in to everything that he stresses."

Those words come from a seldom-used substitute, but they are the same for the every-Saturday starting Wildcat.

"Coach Snyder made me into a man. Before coach came back, I was trying to find my identity," said fifth-year senior Kenneth Mayfield. "He's taught me to be a man and I hope most would consider an outstanding citizen off the field. I will cherish the time I was allowed to spend with him for the rest of my life."

Coaching, and teaching, has been said to be about improving the individual's capacity to focus and learn, and to urge excellence in a way that the individual can find that ultimate level of performance from within himself.

"Coach Snyder was never satisfied. He was always striving for you to find a little bit more within yourself," said center Wade Weibert. "Don't be satisfied with what you have, or what you've done, but try to get more, strive to be better because we have only one shot at this."

When players talk of Snyder, they talk of work-ethic, and attention to detail, and family.

Yes, family.

"The program is about family, and working together," said defensive end Antonio Felder. "Coach Snyder is our father. That's how we look up to him. We can go into his office and talk about every subject there is. I've become a lot better man because of being in this program."

Wide receiver Adrian Hilburn added of his coach, "He pushes you to be the best that you can be in every aspect of life - family, faith, football - everything. His ways may seem old-fashion, but the man is legendary. Coach Snyder is what he is, and I thank God for the opportunity to have been around him."

He is who he is.

That's what kicker Josh Cherry saw, as well: "Coach is the same when the cameras are on, or off in private times. A lot of coaches can put on a good front for the media, but he is who he is at all times. He cares about every player on this team."

That's to Cherry, a starter, and to Lucas Hamm, a second-teamer: "He cares about all of us, and if you apply his areas of teaching to your life ... like time management, you can be successful. With coach, everything that you do on the field can be transferred to real life. He teaches and coaches you to be a good player, but also a good person."

Wildcat Headliners in 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan - While coming a couple days late, here are several of the top moments in K-State athletics during the 2010 calendar year.

Top Wildcat Teams of 2010
Men's Basketball - Frank Martin's group advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, placed second in the Big 12 standings and won a school record 29 games.

Pullen to Return to K-State's Lineup

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Frank Martin said the penalty for the deed had been served and that Jacob Pullen will be in the lineup tonight when 11-3 K-State plays host to 2-12 Savannah State in a 7 p.m., tipoff in Bramlage Coliseum.

"If he was a freshman coming off this situation, I would be concerned," said Martin of Pullen's three-game suspension for breaking NCAA rules for receipt of impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing from a Manhattan department store. "He's been around. He's a four-year starter, so I'm not concerned with how he will respond."

K-State went 2-1 without Pullen in the lineup with wins over UMKC and North Florida, to go with a narrow loss to UNLV.

As for how the rest of the team rallied from within with the loss of the team's lone two seniors in Pullen and Curtis Kelly, who is in the middle of a six-game suspension, Martin said, "This is a team game. It's about us growing and becoming more united. It's been about guys learning to trust their teammate and understanding that individually they have no chance to win."

Martin added, "Without Jake and Curtis around, each freshman had to understand they had to open their mouth and become more assertive."

After watching Friday's win over North Florida from the end of the bench, Pullen issued an apology to his teammates, coaches and fans for his "... lapse in judgment," and admitted to "... full responsibility for my actions. It was a bad decision, but at the same time I have to deal with it and move forward. It is a long season and we have a bright future ahead of us for the rest of this season."

Pullen said it was the first time he had ever missed a basketball game since his freshman year in high school when he did not meet eligibility requirements.

Pullen wasn't with the team at all for the first two games of the suspension, which included missing the UNLV game in the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

"I was back here in Manhattan, glued to a TV, cheering like I have never cheered before because I saw the effort and I saw how hard they worked," said Pullen. "For them not knowing what was going on and not knowing the situation and what the outcome was going to be had to be hard on them. I expected to play and they all expected me to play. For me not to show up to the game, I am not sure if it hurt them or not, but I know it had to be tough."

While saying it was equally tough facing coach Frank Martin and his parents, Pullen said, "They both understood that I made a mistake and they understood that things like that happen. They also understood that I really did not try to (make a mistake). It is just something that I have to put past me. I cannot live in the past. I cannot live on what happened that day. We have a young team and we have to move forward. The guys in the locker room did a great job of not letting what happened affect them. They went out and played their hearts out."

During that time, Pullen was only able to practice, which he says "... has made me drive to another level. I kind of feel like Michael Vick in some ways. I feel like I've got something to prove again." I feel like people doubt what I've done and feel like I shouldn't be in the places I've been in."

Kelly is in the middle of his six-game suspension, which will also include the Savannah State game, plus the first two Big 12 games at Oklahoma State and at home with Colorado.

The lengths of Pullen's and Kelly's suspensions were based on guidelines established by the NCAA for extra-benefit violations. Generally, if the value of the benefit received is between $100 and $300, the student-athlete must sit out 10 percent of the team's regularly-scheduled games in that season.  For an amount between $300 and $500, the penalty is 20 percent, and for benefits greater than $500 a student-athlete must miss 30 percent of the team's games.

"The Call" Heard Round the Nation

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Days after the Pinstripe Bowl, the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty flagged on Adrian Hilburn continues to be the talk well beyond the Wildcat Nation.

The penalty came at the end of a 30-yard touchdown reception by Hilburn against Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl that narrowed the Orange's lead to 36-34 with 73 seconds to play. Hilburn offered a brief salute to the K-State crowd and was penalized 15 yards for what was viewed as excessive celebration.

Coffman: It Didn't All Go as Planned

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Carson Coffman's days as a Wildcat went much like those of his father, Paul, when he was a tight end for Kansas State from 1975-1978.

There were good days for dad Coffman who was a part of just six wins, but also plenty of sour ones as those were years when the Wildcats went a collective 0-21 in Big 8 Conference games.

For Carson, his K-State career ended with a personal winning performance in the 36-34 loss to Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl last Thursday in New York City. In one of his fanciest statistical games, Coffman completed 17-of-23 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, plus had a 30-yard reception of his own and rushed for 26 yards.

New Year's Resolution's from the Wildcats

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State's student-athletes, coaches and support staff are just like everyone else, they each have their own New Year's resolutions. The following is a sampling of some of the New Year's resolutions submitted to K-State Sports Extra.