Mr. Reliable

The senior wide receiver from Abilene, Kansas, just does what he does. On game days, he puts his pride aside, gets on the field and catches the ball and blocks on special teams. That's what he's done this season - his entire Wildcat career - and it's what he'll continue to do.
So, after K-State's 45-13 win over Texas Tech where Sexton caught nine passes for a career-high 128 yards and two touchdowns - one landing on SportsCenter's Top 10 - it came as no surprise that the modest receiver didn't think much of it.
"It doesn't matter to me if I get statistics or not," Sexton began. "I want to go out and win - that's all that matters - and I think it's just a matter of our coaches calling plays that are going to work. If I'm called upon, I'm going to do my best to make a play."
Although Sexton has totaled 78 catches for 899 yards during his career, before last weekend's game, he had only one touchdown. Sexton snapped a two-year touchdown-scoring drought with his performance against the Red Raiders as the last time he found the end zone was on September 8, 2012, on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Collin Klein in the Wildcats' 52-13 win over Miami. 
"Kind of," Waters said when asked if it surprised him that Sexton didn't have more touchdown catches under his belt. "He's just so reliable; those will come. Games like (Texas Tech) will come to a guy who's always doing the right thing and in the right spot. He's a guy who catches everything. I'm surprised (he only has three career touchdown catches), definitely, but I'm not surprised at the night he had."
The chemistry between Sexton and Waters this season has been excellent and should be considering the two are roommates. The senior has caught 28 balls from his Iowa-native quarterback this season for 335 yards, including a career-high 11 catches against then-No. 5 Auburn.
Teammates, roommates, best friends, Sexton and Waters' relationship both on and off the field has grown immensely since Waters arrived at K-State in 2013.
"He and I have been really close since he got here," said Sexton.  "Obviously you have to build that chemistry, it doesn't just happen, but it's been there. However, the more we work, the more repetitions we throw, it's gotten better. I would say with Jake, with each game, he gets more comfortable, and therefore we get more comfortable."
But it hasn't been hard for Waters to have confidence and to get comfortable with Sexton - he's known Sexton is reliable from the start.
"He's been awesome," Waters began. "He's such a great teammate; such a great leader. He's always there for his team, and he leads by example by always doing everything right. He's always in the right spot, never makes big mistakes. We all look up to Curry."
Said fellow wide receiver Tyler Lockett about Sexton, "He's shown great leadership, and he's really one of the most dependable players on our team. Any place that we put Curry we don't look at him as missing a play, or a block, or a catch. We already know what he's going to do whatever it is his assignment is. 
"He speaks up a lot and a lot of players look up to him. I think he's getting more confidence as the games go on. I think Auburn was really an eye-opener because everybody saw Curry was able to do this. I think a lot of teams are able to see now that they can't just play me, they've got to be able to play Curry, and then if they play Curry, Deante Burton and Kody Cook are going to start making plays as well."
As a senior and team captain, Sexton has stepped up in big ways his senior season, and while he is finding continued success on the field in 2014, off the field and in the classroom, he's always been a star. A three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, Sexton will graduate from K-State in December with two degrees - marketing and management - and a minor in leadership studies. Adding to his resume, Sexton leads his team off the field as a representative in the K-State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  Though he could have attended and played football in the Ivy League for Harvard, he fell in love with K-State during his time at Abilene High School and kept his talents close to home. 
Sexton brings a lot to the table for his team - smarts, speed, leadership, reliability - and regardless of touchdowns or catches, to Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder, Sexton has always been a star. 
"People talk about his progress, but he's been a good player since I can remember," argued Snyder when asked if Sexton's two touchdowns came as a surprise. "It's just sometimes you get your opportunities and sometimes you don't. There's a couple ballgames that he had more opportunities than other times, but that doesn't mean that he played any less effectively in other ballgames."
Now in his final year at K-State, the Wildcats' Mr. Reliable is feeling more comfortable and confident than ever before, and that has shown bright with every game he plays.
"With each game, you become a little more comfortable when you're out there on the field," Sexton said. "With each game, the game just kind of slows down a little bit more and you're able to become more relaxed out there. That makes it more fun. When Jake plays like he did and Tyler plays like he did, it's a blast; there's nothing better than that."
 

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