OSR's Top Male Wildcats of the Decade
OSR's Top Male Wildcats of the Decade
Editor's Note: During the holiday break, the Official Sports Report examined the best-of-the-best in Kansas State athletics over the last decade. With permission from OSR, K-State will be running a series of stories by OSR writer Mark Janssen ranking the top male and female athletes and teams at K-State the last 10 years. Below is OSR's report on the Top 10 Male K-State Athletes of the Decade.
By Mark Janssen
Official Sports Report
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Official Sports Report has profiled what we believe to be the Top 10 teams and individuals of the first decade of the 2000s.
The final story will deal with the Top 10 Wildcat Male Athletes of the last decade. The task is difficult as one is comparing athletes in individual sports with those involved in more of a team personality. And, there is a comparison of four-year talents, to junior college transfers, to in the case of Michael Beasley a one-and-done Wildcat athlete.
Certainly open for debate, here are OSR's Top 10 Wildcat male athletes of the past decade.
10) A.J. MORRIS (2007-09): Just an eight-game winner in his first two Wildcat seasons, the right-hander found a groove in 2009 when he was a near automatic "W" in leading K-State to its first-ever NCAA Regional with 14 personal wins ... 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year ... finalist for the Golden Spikes Award ... First team All-American and All-Big 12 ... K-State single-season record holder in wins (14), strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16) ... 2.09 ERA was seventh lowest in school history ... 14 wins tied for third-most in Big 12 history ... first pick of fourth round in MLB Draft by the Washington nationals ... career total of 22 victories third highest in school history.
9) CARTIER MARTIN (2004-07): Playing on mediocre Wildcat teams, Martin twice was a second team All-Big 12 honoree ... No. 6 in all-time scoring (1,546 points) ... scored at least 10 points in 76 games, fifth high in school history ... averaged 18.0 and 17.1 points, respectfully, in his last two years ...played in 112 games, ninth high in K-State history ... a leader of the 2007 team that put the Wildcats back into postseason play since 1999.
8) KYLE LANCASTER (2003-07): Three-time NCAA indoor high jump All-American with placings of 3rd, 10th and 2nd ... 2003 Big 12 indoor champion ... third in K-State history with 7-05.25 indoors leap ... four-time NCAA outdoors high jump All-American with placings of 4th, 2nd, 5th and 4th ... second in Wildcat history with outdoors jump of 7-07.00.
7) CHRISTIAN SMITH (2003-06): 2006 NCAA champion in the 800 meters ... in tradition-rich middle distance program, Smith holds the record for indoors 1,000M (2:19.57), second in the 800M (1:48.18) and third in the mile (4:02.2) ... three-time 1,000M Big 12 indoor champion ... three-time NCAA 800M All-American ... record holder for outdoors 800M (1:44.86) and 1,500M (3:38.10) ... 2006 Big 12 outdoor 800M and 1,500M champion ... Academic All-American ... member of 2008 United States Olympic team following his K-State career.
6) JORDY NELSON (2004-07): Arriving at K-State as a walk-on defensive back, Nelson turned his talents to wide receiver and re-wrote the K-State record book - 15 catches for a single game (twice), single game touchdowns with three, 122 receptions for a single season, first and second in single game yardage with 214 and 209, receiving yards in a season with 1,606 ... second in all-time receptions with 206 and yardage with 2,822 ... third in receiving touchdowns with 20 ... enjoyed four straight 100-yard receiving games ... 2007 first team All-American and All-Big 12 ... finalist for Biletnikoff Award ... second round NFL Draft choice of the Green Bay Packers.
5) ELL ROBERSON (2000-03): Quarterbacked K-State to the 2003 Big 12 championship win over No. 1-ranked Oklahoma, 35-7 ... ranks No. 2 in all-time rushing yards (2,818) and No. 7 in career passing yards (2,545) ... 7,917 total offense number ranks second in school history and 3,520 single season of total offense ranks second ... 45 rushing TDs an all-time high for a QB ... 37 passing scores ranks second ... 1,032-yard rushing season in 2002 ranks ninth in school history ... single game of 228 rushing yards vs. Nebraska an all-time high for a quarterback ... quarterbacked K-State to 28 wins as a three-year starter ... ironically, never more than a third team All-Big 12 selection.
4) SCOTT SELLERS (2006-09): Eight times an opportunity to be an All-American and Sellers was an eight-time All-American in the high jump ... NCAA championship sweep in 2009 winning the indoor (7-04.50) and outdoor (7-05.00) titles ... K-State indoor record holder at 7-06.00 ... NCAA indoor finishes of 9th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st ... K-State outdoor record holder at 7-07.75 ... NCAA outdoor finishes of 3rd, 1st, 4th and 1st ... earned 2009 Division I Outdoor Field Scholar of the Year Award with a 3.63 GPA in finance.
3) TERENCE NEWMAN (2000-02): Posted the rare double of being a football All-American and a two-time Big 12 champion in the 100 meters ... winner of the 2002 Jim Thorpe Award as America's top defensive back ... two-time All-Big 12 cornerback ... seventh in all-time kickoff return yards ... third in career kickoff return average at 26.1 yards ... played in 39 Wildcat wins ... holds the school record in the 100 meters at 10.20 seconds ... winning Big 12 times were 10.34 and 10.29 ... fifth pick in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Draft.
2) MICHAEL BEASLEY (2007-08): In just a single season, and only 18 years old, Beasley demonstrated abilities never seen before in a Wildcat basketball uniform ... National and Big 12 Freshman of the Year ... Big 12 Player of the Year ... National Player of the Year runner-up ... first team All-American (first since Rolando Blackman in 1981) ... led nation in rebounding ... 866 points was a K-State single-season record and ranks him 33rd in all-time scoring ... 26.2 scoring average the highest in K-State history ... 13 games of at least 30 points and 26 over 20 points ... single game high of 44 vs. Baylor .... led K-State to first NCAA Tournament since 1996 ... No. 2 draft pick by the Miami Heat.
1) DARREN SPROLES (2001-04): Career rushing total of 4,979 yards is 2,161 more than nearest Wildcat ... holds records for top three single season rushing totals ... owns records for top two individual games of 292 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette and 273 vs. Missouri ... all-time leader with 45 touchdowns ... record of 10 straight 100-yard games ... led K-State in all-purpose yardage three straight years and holds the career record by nearly 2,700 yards .... averaged 188 all-purpose yards in a single season and 151 yards for a 45-game career ... starred in the 2003 Big 12 title win over Oklahoma with 235 rushing yards and 345 all-purpose yards ... first team All-American in 2003 ... two-time first team All-Big 12 performer ... played in 32 K-State wins ... fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy ... drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.