Football. K-State Announces 2015 Team Captains
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder announced prior to Saturday's Purple/White Spring Game at Sporting Park that five seniors -- offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, safety Dante Barnett, defensive lineman Travis Britz, cornerback Morgan Burns and wide receiver/special teams player Stanton Weber -- have been chosen by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2015 season. Barnett is a captain for a second-consecutive season, while the other four are first-time captains.
Whitehair, a Second Team All-Big 12 performer each of the last two seasons, has started 38 of his 39 career games, including every game at left tackle a season ago. The versatile lineman has also started all 13 games at left guard in 2013 and played both left guard and right tackle en route to Freshman All-America honors in K-State's Big 12 Championship season of 2012.
Barnett is member of the 2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list after picking up Second Team All-Big 12 honors last season. As a junior, Barnett totaled 77 tackles, including four for loss, three interceptions and a total of 11 passes defended. He will spearhead a secondary in 2015 that returns three starters in Burns and cornerback Danzel McDaniel.
A two-time Honorable Mention All-Big 12 player, Britz started the first 10 games of 2014 and totaled 27 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks, before an injury cut his season short. He enters his senior campaign with a school-record tying five blocked kicks.
Burns, a first-time starter in 2014, started 12 games at cornerback as a junior. He came away with 55 tackles, including three for loss and a sack, last season while picking off three passes, including two against Texas Tech.
A key special teams contributor each of the last three seasons, Weber has made 12 career special teams tackles over his last 33 games. A two-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer, Weber had a career-best two special teams stops against both Iowa State and Oklahoma State in 2014.
Kansas State returns 45 letterwinners, including 16 starters, from last year's team that went 9-4 and earned a bowl berth for a fifth-straight season. Led by its 24th-year head coach in Snyder, K-State begins the 2015 season on Saturday, September 5, as the Wildcats host South Dakota at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The remaining six home games feature five opponents that advanced to bowl games in 2014, including a pair of top-10 teams in TCU (No. 3/3) and Baylor (No. 7/8).
A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2015 season go on sale online only at www.k-statesports.com/tickets on June 22, while fans can purchase by calling the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS beginning June 24.