SE: Dimel Impresses in Debut Performance
SE: Dimel Impresses in Debut Performance
By Kelly McHugh-Stewart
In his debut performance under the bright lights of sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the school’s 21st-consecutive sellout, Winston Dimel shined.
The redshirt freshman fullback from Manhattan High School recorded two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 34-0 shutout victory over the South Dakota Coyotes last night – an accomplishment he’s been waiting for quite some time.
“It’s always been a dream ever since I was little,” said Dimel after last night’s game. His smile grew from ear to ear. “Growing up here, to score a touchdown, it’s always been a dream of mine, so it felt great.”
After redshirting the 2014 season, last night was Dimel’s first experience playing before K-State football’s passionate fans and, though he may not have shown it to those watching him play, he admitted to a few butterflies before taking the field.
“I was probably the most nervous I had ever been for anything in my life,” he explained. “Glenn (Gronkowski) was laughing at me before the game because I was so nervous. But once the first play happened – the first kickoff return and I got my first block – I settled down and let the game come to me.”
As the game continued, Dimel continued to settle into his role and, when it was all said and done, he rushed for a total of 29 yards on eight carries to go along with his two touchdowns. His first touchdown came in the game’s second quarter – a two-yard rush into the end zone – while his second touchdown, similarly, came by way of a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter.
“Winston has done a nice job of being an aggressive runner and an aggressive blocker,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder. “I’ve been impressed with the fact that he’s a multi-faceted player. He’s a three dimensional player, and when he runs the ball, he runs hard.”
A local product, Dimel grew up around K-State football. He played high school ball for the Manhattan High Indians on Friday nights and spent his Saturdays at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with his family.
His father, Dana, was an offensive lineman for the Wildcat football team from 1984-86, but today, he’s better known as the team’s co-offensive coordinator and Winston’s coach.
“He treats me like he does everybody else,” said Dimel of having his dad as his coach. “So, it’s not that weird. The best part about it is that I know I can go talk to him and he’ll be straight with me. Coming out of high school, it was good because I was able to learn the offense really soon, so that has helped me a lot in picking up the offense.”
And his knowledge of the offense was evident in yesterday’s Wildcat victory.
There is, perhaps, no more exciting way to open a football career than with a pair of touchdowns, and, though Dimel was all smiles after his first game as a Wildcat, he said it’s going to take some time to come to reality with the magnitude of it all.
“I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet,” said Dimel. “Right now I’m pretty excited, but I think tomorrow it’ll probably hit me. Or it’ll hit me tonight when I’m lying in bed, but it is really exciting.”
Next up for the K-State football team is a trip to San Antonio, Texas, where the Wildcats will take on UTSA in the Alamodome on Saturday, September 12, at 11:00 a.m. The game will be aired nationally on Fox Sports 1.
For a full recap, stats, quotes, photos and more on last night’s game, please click here.
Last night’s victory capped off an exciting day for K-State Athletics. Along with celebrating K-State’s seventh annual K-State Family Reunion with the win, K-State Athletics welcomed four Wildcat greats – Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Clarence Scott and Darren Sproles – into the K-State Football Ring of Honor and celebrated the ribbon cutting of the brand new, state of the art Vanier Family Football Complex. K-State volleyball also added to the weekend’s excitement as it swept UNLV en route to becoming this year’s Varney’s Invitational Champions.
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