Barnett Adds Two More Preseason Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior safety Dante Barnett picked up a pair of preseason accolades that honor his work both on and off the field on Wednesday as he was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy and a nominee for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Barnett is on the watch list for a second-straight season and is joined by a record 88 players this year, including nine from the Big 12.

In its 25th year, the AFCA Good Works Team recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others. Barnett’s inclusion on the list marks the eighth for the Wildcats in the last nine years. Stanton Weber was a nominee in 2015 prior to two-time nominee Tyler Lockett, while former quarterback Collin Klein was named to the team at season’s end in 2012.

Aside from leading the Wildcats with 181 career tackles and seven interceptions, Barnett has also made an impact in the Manhattan community and internationally as well. He has volunteered for many community-service activities, which is highlighted by a trip to Costa Rica this past May as part of the Courts for Kids initiative. Barnett and a group of K-State student-athletes traveled to Linea, Vieja, Costa Rica to partner with local organizations and community members to build a new multi-purpose sport court in addition to language education, a cooking exchange session and other activities.

In Manhattan, Barnett has also participated in Cats in the Classroom (volunteer at local elementary schools), Senior Cats (spending time at local retirement homes) and Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season.

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced November 3, while finalists will be unveiled November 23. The formal announcement will be on December 6, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City. The Good Works Team consists of 165 nominees with the final roster of 25 members will be announced in September.

Fan Appreciation Day at Kansas State will be held Saturday, August 13, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Details for the event will be announced at a later date. Barnett, Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder and the other three 2016 team captains – Jesse Ertz, Jordan Willis and Dalton Risner – will head to Dallas next Tuesday to participate in Big 12 Media Day.

Excitement is building for the 2016 K-State Football season, Snyder’s 25th year at the helm of the Wildcats, as a limited number of single-game tickets remain available for K-State’s six home games. Available tickets for the homecoming game against Texas on Saturday, October 22, are expected to be down to scattered singles soon, and the other five home games are also selling quickly as K-State looks to extend its sellout streak to 33-straight games.

To order tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.

Wildcats on National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Watch Lists
Dante Barnett – Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Wuerffel Trophy, AFCA Good Works Team*
Will Geary – Outland Trophy
Elijah Lee – Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award
Charmeachealle Moore – Butkus Award
Dalton Risner – Rimington Trophy
Duke Shelley – Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Nick Walsh – Ray Guy Award
* Not part of NCFAA