Eight Football Players Garner Preseason Honors

Arthur Brown

May 27, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by first-team pick Arthur Brown, Kansas State placed a total of eight student-athletes on Phil Steele’s 2011 preseason All-Big 12 football teams released Friday by the publication.

In addition to Brown’s first-team honor, Bryce Brown, the younger brother of the linebacker, was named to the second team as a running back, while other honorees included third-team picks Ty Zimmerman and David Garrett in the secondary and defensive end Brandon Harold. Rounding out the squads were fourth-team selections Tysyn Hartman at safety, Tramaine Thompson as a punt returner and Ryan Doerr at punter.

A junior from Wichita, the eldest Brown was recently named to the Rivals’ All-Spring squad following a very productive spring, which concluded with a 14-tackle performance in the annual Purple-White game. He transferred to K-State last season from the University of Miami and sat out the 2010 season but participated in workouts as a member of the scout team. Entering his first year on the playing field at K-State, Brown was chosen by his teammates to serve as both a team captain and player representative for 2011.

Bryce, a second-team pick, also sat out the 2010 season after transferring from the University of Tennessee where he rushed for 460 yards and three scores as a true freshman in 2009.

Zimmerman, Garrett and Hartman were the leaders of the Wildcat secondary in 2010 as the group includes three of K-State’s top four tacklers from a year ago. Garrett led the squad with 92 stops, including 15.0 for losses, en route to All-Big 12 honors, while Hartman, also a decorated student in the classroom, was second with 86. Zimmerman became the first true freshman under Bill Snyder to earn all-conference honors from the league’s coaches and also picked up freshman All-America honors from several publications following his 74 tackles and three interceptions in 2010.

Thompson was one of K-State’s top playmakers in 2010 as a redshirt freshman at both wide receiver and on special teams before suffering a season-ending injury in week eight of the season, while Doerr, a rising junior, currently ranks among the all-time leaders in K-State history with his 41.3 career punting average. Harold enters his junior season with 87 career tackles, 19.0 of which have gone for a loss.

K-State, one of two Big 12 schools and 14 across the nation in 2010-11 to have its football team in a bowl game and both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament, opens the 2011 season on September 3 as it hosts Eastern Kentucky for the third-annual K-State Family Reunion.

Season tickets are currently on sale for as little as $21 per game, while single-game tickets for an exciting seven-game home schedule go on sale June 6. Visit k-statesports.com for more details including all ticket prices and options for all seven games.