Barnett Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the fifth time in the last two weeks, Kansas State senior defensive back Dante Barnett garnered national preseason accolades by being named to the watch list for the 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Friday.

One of 50 candidates on this year’s watch list – including one of only 13 on the defensive side of the ball – Barnett is the sixth Wildcat in the last four years to be a candidate for the award. Former quarterback Collin Klein was a finalist in 2012, while linebacker Arthur Brown (2012), defensive back Nigel Malone (2012), running back John Hubert (2013) and wide receiver Tyler Lockett (2014) have also been candidates for the award.

Following a junior campaign in which he tallied 77 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and 11 total passes defended, Barnett earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches in addition to earning all-conference accolades from ESPN and Phil Steele. He was a member of the 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 team announced on Wednesday.

A 2015 team captain and the top active Wildcat with 176 career tackles, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors following last year’s Texas game when he totaled seven stops and four passes defended. He also had a season-high 12 tackles, including a career-best three tackles for loss against UTEP, while he had three interceptions in a four-game stretch against Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas.

Barnett, fellow co-captains Morgan Burns, Stanton Weber and Cody Whitehair, along with head coach Bill Snyder, will travel to 2015 Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Log on to www.k-statesports.com and follow the official K-State Athletics Twitter handle, @kstatesports, for full coverage. The two-day event will also be televised live from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., nationally on FOX Sports 2 and on FOX Sports Regional Networks, including FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Kansas City.

A very limited number of tickets remain for the 2015 season as K-State is closing in on another season sellout, which would run its consecutive streak of filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium to 27 straight games.
 
Fewer than 500 reserved tickets remain for the West Virginia game, while scattered singles and standing-room-only (NE hill) remain for all other home games. Only scattered singles remain for the Baylor game (No SRO available) due to Fort Riley Day activities.

Fans can purchase tickets by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or 1-800-221-CATS. Visiting teams will have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase.

The Wildcats open their 120th season of football on Saturday, September 5, by hosting South Dakota. The game, which is slated for a 6:10 p.m., kickoff, will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the K-State Gameday preview show.

Kansas State launched the new K-StateSports.com on July 1, a digital partnership with SportsLabs. Fans will need to re-subscribe to K-StateHD.TV as a new account and can do so now at www.k-statesports.com. Currently, fans can take advantage of a limited time special offer and sign up for an annual subscription at 50 percent off of the full $99.95 rate.