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Former community-college players at K-State have totaled 52 All-Big 12 honors

K-State Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Honorees from Community Colleges (Offense & Defense)
Michael Bishop - 1997 Offensive
Jeff Kelly - 1997 Defensive
Mario Fatafehi - 1999 Defensive
Derrick Yates - 2000 Defensive
Tank Reese - 2001 Defensive
Deon Murphy - 2007 Offensive
Gary Chandler - 2007 Defensive
Brandon Banks - 2008 Offensive
Daniel Thomas - 2009 Offensive

There is perhaps no program in the country that has done a better job of developing community-college talent than Kansas State. And with some of the nation’s best community-college football played right in its own backyard, it’s easy to see why K-State has been able to identify and cultivate the best of the best.

Since the mid 1990s, former community-college players have totaled 52 All-Big 12 honors at Kansas State, including 15 first-team selections. Additionally, former commuinity-college players have gone on to claim All-America honors at K-State 12 times in the last 17 seasons. 
The Wildcats have also produced 10 Big 12 Newcomers of the Year, while a total of 36 of its former community-college players have gone on to play on some level in the professional ranks.

Among the conference newcomer-of-the-year selections, five have been on the defensive side of the ball as Kansas State produced the league’s top newcomer in four of five seasons from 1997 through 2001.

On offense, quarterback Michael Bishop was named the Big 12’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 1997 before going on to win the Davey O’Brien Award and finish as the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1998. K-State swept the honors in 2007 for the second time in school history.


36 of K-State's former community-college players have gone on to play in the professional ranks.

Ryan Lilja