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K-State Football Reports for 2015 Season

August 6, 2015

By Kelly McHugh-Stewart

 

K-State football players reported for duty yesterday morning.

 

The Wildcats are all checked in for fall camp and will spend the next two weeks working hard on the football field and coming together as one.

 

“I look forward to fall camp because it’s the official start of the season,” said senior offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. “But camp is hard. It’s long and it can get tiring, but it’s just a matter of how well we push through it and, hopefully, it will make us better.”

 

Yesterday, the first day of fall camp, the players attended team meetings, checked into the dorms – their homes away from home for the next two weeks – and prepared themselves for the intensive practices that will last throughout the next two weeks.

 

“I have a love-hate relationship with that day,” laughed senior safety Dante Barnett when asked about reporting day. “It’s the day that begins camp, but it also means it’s time for business. From that day on, until the end or December or the beginning of January, it’s all business with football. That day is the start of something good, but it’s also the day that starts something a lot of college football players dread. It’s hard work.”

 

This preseason camp may be intense, but the team knows it offers them each a chance to get better. It gives them the chance to improve the most intricate details of their game and become closer than ever before. Fall camp is where K-State will focus on nothing but the game and its team for 14 straight days.

 

“Reporting day, to me, is exciting because we get to put the pads back on and it’s kind of the official start of the season,” said senior cornerback Morgan Burns. “But at the same time, you have to have your mind right because it’s a hard two weeks. We’re at the football complex from morning until night; we’re working hard, watching a lot of film. So you have to have your mind right and be mentally tough because it’s a grind for two weeks.”

 

To incoming freshmen, fall camp and its hectic schedule is something completely new. These fresh-out-of-high-school kids are still learning the ropes and finding their place on K-State’s 124-man roster.

 

However, to the seniors, fall camp is different. It’s bittersweet.

 

“I think this year will feel a little different,” said Wildcat special teams standout and wide receiver Stanton Weber. “I’m a senior; it’s my last shot. Everything we do is going to be a last. We’ll have our last shuttle test, our last conditioning tests; they’re no fun, but then go past that and there’s a lot of excitement to be back with your teammates and throw the pads on one last time.”

 

Heading into their final camp, this year’s group of team captains – Whitehair, Burns, Barnett, Weber and senior defensive tackle Travis Britz – has big plans for the 2015 Wildcat squad.

 

“As a team, I want us to really come together as a family, as a unit,” said Burns about his final fall camp. “I want us to build a brotherhood. It is now that we can really come together. We’re living in the dorms for a couple of days, so we’re around each other a lot and that will be important.”

 

This year’s fall camp will determine the 2015 players in which Wildcat fans will be watching under the bright lights of Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 5, when K-State kicks off its 2015 campaign against South Dakota at 6:10 p.m.

 

FOOTBALL TICKET INFORMATION

All reserved seating for the first four home games is sold out as the Wildcats close in on a season sellout and run their consecutive sellout streak to 27 games. Additionally, only scattered single seats remain for the Baylor game, general admission tickets are still available for the Iowa State game and a small amount of reserved seating groups are left for the regular-season finale against West Virginia.

 

Standing-room only tickets are still available for every home game in 2015 with the exception of the Baylor contest, while the best available reserved seating options can be found through Vivid Seats, the official ticket reseller of K-State Athletics. Fans can contact Vivid Seats at www.vividseats.com/k-state or by calling 1-844-545-6702.

 

Fans can purchase standing-room only tickets and the remaining available seats for the Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia games by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or 1-800-221-CATS.

 

Although reserved seating is sold out for a majority of the 2015 home games, visiting teams will have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.k-statesports.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.