Three Former Cats Headed to NFL Combine

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State football players Jeron Mastrud, Brandon Banks and Joshua Moore will participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2010 Scouting Combine is the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players. For six days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts.

A tight end, Mastrud caught 21 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown during his senior campaign en route to First Team All-Big 12 honors. Mastrud, a team captain, appeared in 48 of a possible 49 games during his Wildcat career, while he was also a two-time Academic All-American and the recipient of the 2009 ARA Sportsmanship Award.

Mastrud caught 106 passes for 1,219 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career. His 106 receptions are tied for the 10th-most in school history, but tops among tight ends, while his 1,219 receiving yards rank second among tight ends in school history. He also caught at least one pass in 26 straight games, the second-longest streak since 1990.

One of the top kick returners in Big 12 and NCAA history, Banks set a Big 12 record and tied the NCAA record with two kick-return touchdowns in one game this past season while also tallying a nation-leading and Big 12-record four on the year. His five career kick return scores are a new Big 12 record and two shy of the NCAA record.

The Garner, N.C., native also led the Big 12 and was eighth nationally with 174.8 all-purpose yards per game, ranks third in school history with 3,828 career all-purpose yards and his career average of 159.5 all-purpose yardage per game ranks second in school history and fifth in Big 12 history. At wide receiver, Banks also led the team in receptions (56) and receiving yards (705) this past season while he also ranks seventh in K-State history with 123 career receptions and ninth in career receiving yards with 1,754.

Moore, who declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season at K-State, finished his three-year career with 175 tackles, six interceptions and 34 passes defended. In 2009, Moore had 64 tackles with two interceptions en route to honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.