Sports Extra: This and That on the 2011 Wildcats

Brodrick Smith

Aug. 23, 2011

By Mark Janssen – K-State Sports Extra

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Today, K-State Sports Extra brings you notes and quotes as the Kansas State football season opener is just 11 days away…

If one pencils through a potential two-deep, plus a few third-teamers, of Kansas State’s roster, it’s a collection of a bit of this and a dash of that.

On what could be considered the top 66 players, 37 come from the high school ranks, 24 are from community colleges and five are four-year transfers.

Of the prepsters, 24 grew up in the Sunflower State, while Texas (8), California (7) and Missouri (6) were the other recruiting hotbeds. Also represented on the projected two-deep are players from Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, Utah, Mississippi and Ohio.

The four-year transfer list includes all Kansans who have found their way home after exploring the outside world.

The list is comprised of Chris Harper (Wichita/Oregon), Brodrick Smith (Garden City/Minnesota), Arthur Brown (Wichita/Miami), Bryce Brown (Wichita/Tennessee) and Nick Puetz (Salina/Wyoming).

Looking back on his decision to go afar, and then return, Harper’s words could easily come from any of the five: “A lot of it was me. I just turned 18 and thought I was grown,” said Harper, a highly-recruited player out of Wichita Northwest High School. “I thought I would be all right, but I wasn’t ready to be away from home. I realized that family’s not all bad.”

“I enjoyed the football,” said Harper, “but I really missed my family.”

Bryce Brown says he has “… nothing but good things to say about Tennessee,” but added, “It was a family decision. We (Bryce and Arthur) wanted to get back together and get back home.”

Saying that he and his brother were always close, Arthur said, “That never has been more true than now. Our parents made sure we had a strong relationship.”

Unusual to this year’s roster are a trio of brother combinations: quarterback Collin Klein and defensive end Kyle Klein, kickers Anthony and Jack Cantele, and linebacker Arthur Brown and running back Bryce Brown.

0 – That’s how many total meetings K-State has had with its three non-conference opponents – Eastern Kentucky, Kent State and Miami.

.500-Plus – Kansas State is trying to post consecutive seasons of over .500 football for the first time since 2002 and 2003 when the Wildcats went 11-2 and 11-4, respectively. The Wildcats were 7-6 last year.

.836 – Since 1990, K-State holds a 97-19 record on its home turf, marking a .836 winning percentage.

4 - 8 – The Brown brothers have juggled numbers since the spring with Arthur now wearing No. 4, while Bryce Brown will wear No. 8.

18 – K-State has had a player taken in the NFL Draft in each of the last 18 years.

20 – This is Bill Snyder’s 20th season coaching the Wildcats. The first stint of 17 years went from 1989 to 2005, and this fall is Snyder’s third in his return.

27 – K-State has 27 road wins since the start of Big 12 play. That figure ranks fourth in the league.

64 – Running back Robert Rose stands just 5-foot-4, or 64 inches.

69 – Kansas State’s 69 Big 12 victories rank only behind Texas (90) and Oklahoma (86).

72 – K-State coach Bill Snyder turns 72 years of age on October 7.

111 – K-State’s coaching staff has a collective 111 bowl appearances.

116 – This is Kansas State’s 116th year of football. The school’s all-time record is 465-610-41 (.435).

143Stephen Johnson is the lightest of all Wildcats at 143 pounds.

149 – Snyder has posted 149 wins through his first 19 seasons on the job. The next highest is Mike Ahearn with 39.

189 – Among active players, safety Tysyn Hartman enters the year with the most tackles with 189. Next in line is Alex Hrebec with 177.

230 – K-State’s coaching staff has 230 years of coaching experience.

297 – That’s what K-State averages from tackle-to-tackle on the projected starting offensive line.

337 – The heftiest Wildcat is 337-pound Shaun Simon, a center that transferred from Hutchinson Community College.

1896 – The last time K-State played a home football game in the month of December was 1896. The Wildcats host Iowa State on December 3 this season.

1976 – The last year that a K-State football team played a game in the state of Florida. That game was at Florida State and was a 20-10 Wildcat loss. K-State goes to Miami this year on September 24.

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