Britz Shines in Wildcats' Win Over Oklahoma State

The junior defensive tackle from Harrisonville, Missouri, recorded a career-high two sacks to go along with his career-matching five tackles (three for loss) en route to the Wildcats' 48-14 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
While it was exciting to watch, Britz's success on the field last night came as no surprise to K-State head coach Bill Snyder. The Wildcat coach has watched as Britz has worked harder than ever this season and is glad to see it paying off.
"I've seen him become so very, very serious about (the game)," Snyder said about Britz after last night's win. "He's really invested himself in that old adage about trying to get better all the time; he really works at it. Travis has gotten better day in and day out, and I think it's because of the effort that he puts into it, the mindset that he has that he can improve. He's just always trying to get better."
One of his best games to date, Britz's two sacks of Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman marked the most sacks by a Wildcat in a single game this season.  
Under the bright lights of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Britz was on fire. 
"Usually Travis is pretty calm out there on the field, but after his first sack, he kind of did a little dance, and it was cool to see him really taking his game to another level and having a lot of fun," said junior defensive back Morgan Burns with a smile. "Being a defensive back, that's something I love to see, when they're rushing the quarterback, it makes it easier on us. So I'm extremely proud of how Travis played tonight."
And it's not just the defensive backs who appreciates Britz's hard work - the rest of the defense feels his presence, too.
"He just takes his preparation very seriously, and he cares a lot about his teammates," said senior linebacker Jonathan Truman. "That's huge for us, that makes the linebacker position easier."
Not only is the junior defensive lineman a key element on the Wildcat defense, but he also is a fierce competitor with the Wildcats' special teams unit as he's blocked a total of six career kicks - a Wildcat record. His most recent blocked kick - and perhaps most memorable - came on Oct. 18, at Oklahoma, when he blocked a Sooner extra-point attempt. The Wildcats wound up winning at Norman, 31-30, and, like last night in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Britz's hard work paid off. 
"I just feel like it's something I'm obligated to do," said Britz about playing with both special teams and the defensive unit. "I'm part of this team, I'm out there over the summer and winter conditioning; I'm always working hard. I see the offensive line, they never get any credit but they're out there every snap, so it's an obligation for me to go out there and do the best as I can for my team."
As a freshman (2012), Britz played in all 11 of the Wildcats' games, and he started every game for K-State as a sophomore in 2013. He has recorded 62 career tackles (19 so far this season) to go along with his six blocked kicks and his six career sacks, and he is continuing to make strides each and every game.
"I'm just having fun, I'm not worried about anything but what I have to do," concluded Britz. "I'm just doing my job and just having fun with my teammates. I'm trying to be a good teammate and play my role."
Serious, hungry and working harder than ever before, regardless of what is thrown his way, Britz is ready to tackle the remainder of the 2014 season.
Next up for No. 9 K-State (7-1, 5-0) is a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1). Game time and broadcast information are to be announced later today.
For a complete game recap, quotes and more on yesterday's 48-14 win over Oklahoma State, click here.

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