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K-State has had 27 former junior college players earn All-Big 12 honors


 
K-State Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Honorees from JuCo (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 junior college talent than Kansas State. And with some of the nation’s best junior 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, Kansas State has seen 27 of its former junior college players earn All-Big 12 accolades, with eight of those going on to be selected as an All-American.

The Wildcats have also produced nineteen Big 12 Newcomers of the Year, while a total of 32 of its former junior 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 4-of-5 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.


3032 of K-State's former junior college players have gone on to play in the professional ranks.
Ryan Lilja