Three Wildcats Ink NFL Free Agent Deals

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Three former Kansas State football players -- B.J. Finney, Ryan Mueller and Jake Waters -- signed free agent deals with NFL teams following the 2015 NFL Draft. Finney signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mueller with the San Diego Chargers and Waters with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In addition to the three signed players, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was selected in the second round (No. 69 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, while Randall Evans was picked in the sixth round (No. 196 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Finney, who started a school record 52-straight games, is one of three players in school history to earn all-conference designations all four years, including first-team honors his final three seasons. Named a Second Team All-American by USA Today as a senior, Finney was also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top offensive lineman.

A two-year starting defensive end, Mueller was signed by the Chargers as both a linebacker and fullback. The former walk-on is tied for fifth place in school history in career sacks with 20.5, including a school-record tying 11.5 in 2013. He was a two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer, the 2013 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and a Second Team All-American as a junior from the Football Writers Association of America.

Waters came to K-State as a community-college transfer, started all 26 games over the past two seasons and left as one of the most accurate and efficient passers in school history as he broke the school career records for completion percentage (64.1), passing efficiency (155.6) and total offensive yards per game (260.2). He also set the K-State single-season record for passing yardage (3,501) and total offensive yards (3,985) in 2014 en route to Second Team All-Big 12 honors and semifinalist status for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) and Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback).

Kansas State, which returns 44 letterwinners -- including 16 starters -- from last year's 9-4 team, begins the 2015 campaign on Saturday, September 5, by hosting South Dakota at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The other six home games feature five opponents that advanced to bowl games in 2014, including a pair of top-10 teams in TCU (No. 3/3) and Baylor (No. 7/8).

A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2015 season go on sale online only at on June 22, while fans can purchase by calling the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS beginning June 24.