Sports Extra: ABC's to the 2011 K-State Football Season

Ty Zimmerman

Aug. 28, 2011

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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A - K-State will be playing on a sparkling new ASTROTURF GameDay Grass 3D60 field when the season opens on Sept. 3, against Eastern Kentucky. The eye-popping turf replaces the FieldTurf surface that had been in place since 2002. For the record, K-State went 43-19 in the nine-year history on the old FieldTurf with nine consecutive plus-500 seasons.

B - Nothing advertises the brute strength of a player more than his BENCH PRESS mark. K-State's record is 666 pounds held by Andrew Bulman in 2004.

C - The K-State COLOR BARRIER was broken by Harold Robinson, a graduate of Manhattan High School, in 1948. In 1949, Robinson became the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Big Seven Conference.

D - DANA (Dimel) and DEL (Miller) will serve as K-State's co-offensive coordinators with the run game and passing game, respectively. Miller has 15 years with the Wildcats, and Dimel has accumulated 14. Both have been head coaches with Dimel serving at Wyoming and Houston, and Miller at Missouri State.

E - Eilert, as in Scott, is set for his 20th season as K-State's video coordinator for football. Three times Eilert has been named Big 12 Video Coordinator of the Year, and in 1998 he was selected National Video Coordinator of the Year. In 2001 and 2003, Eilert won the Savvy Awards for best motivational video.

F - FRIEDERICH, as in Joan, begins her 41st year in the K-State athletic program, which includes the last 39 in the football department where she has served as secretary to the head football coach. That covers Jim Dickey, Stan Parrish, Bill Snyder, Ron Prince, and now Snyder, again.

G - It doesn't qualify for the record books, but K-State's first "postseason game" was the GREAT DEPRESSION game played at Wichita State on Dec. 5, 1931. The game was used as a fundraiser with K-State winning, 20-6.

H - HARLEY DAY will take place on Oct. 8, prior to the Wildcats' game with Missouri at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

I - When K-State played Wisconsin in the INDEPENDENCE BOWL of 1982, it marked the first-ever college football game broadcast live on ESPN.

J - No fewer than 13 Kansas-based JUNIOR COLLEGE transplants liter the K-State roster for 2011: Logan Ortiz, P, Butler; Cole Bachamp, WR, Butler; Zach McFall, WR, Fort Scott; Emmanuel Lamur, LB, Independence; David Garrett, DB, Fort Scott; Nick Briney, LB, Coffeyville; Matthew Pearson, DB, Hutchinson; Meshak Williams, DE, Hutchinson; Jared Loomis, LB, Dodge City; Jordan Voelker, DE, Butler; Shaun Simon, OL, Hutchinson; Adam Davis, DE, Hutchinson; Javonta Boyd, DL, Butler.

K - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY was founded in 1863, and it was the first college in America to be officially designated a land grant school under the Morrill Act.

L - Mo LATIMORE is set to begin his 28th season as a K-Stater. That's two years as a player in 1970 and 1971, two years as a graduate assistant in 1976 and 1977, and an assistant coach from 1978-85, and from 1994-2011. A product of Byron, Ga., Latimore started his collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College. His other collegiate coaching stops have been at UTEP (1986-88) and Missouri (1989-93).

M - The MIAMI Hurricane program will headline K-State's non-conference lineup on Sept. 24, at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. It will be the Wildcats' first meeting with Miami, and their first trip to the Sunshine State since playing Florida State on Oct. 2, 1976.

N - In Big 12 history, NINE Wildcats have been named Newcomer of the Year: Offense - Michael Bishop, Deon Murphy, Brandon Banks and Daniel Thomas; Defense - Jeff Kelly, Mario Fatafehi, Derrick Yates, Tank Reese and Gary Chandler.

O - OKLAHOMA will serve as K-State's Homecoming opponent on Oct. 29 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

P - POSTSEASON will again be on the K-State radar as the Wildcats try to return to the bowl scene in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-03. Overall, the Wildcats are 6-8 in bowl games, which includes a 6-6 mark under coach Bill Snyder.

Q - QUARTERBACKS with a K-State heritage have started 274 NFL games, which is more than quarterbacks from any other school in the Big 12 Conference. The most notable headliners have been Lynn Dickey, Steve Grogan and now Josh Freeman.

R - RING OF HONOR recipients decorate Bill Snyder Family Stadium with the 2002 Class including Lynn Dickey, Steve Grogan, Jaime Mendez, Sean Snyder, Gary Spani and Veryl Switzer, and the Class of 2008 including David Allen, Martin Gramatica, Terence Newman and Mark Simoneau.

S - SIXTY-NINE (69) is the number of games K-State is above .500 - 149-80-1 - in the 19 seasons with Bill Snyder as the head coach from 1989-2005 and 2009-2010. In all the other seasons combined, the Wildcats are 213 games below .500 - 317-530-40. K-State's all-time record is 466-610-41.

T - TEN times Wildcats in the Bill Snyder era have been decorated with Academic All-American honors - Brooks Barta, Jason Johnson (2), Kevin Lockett (2), Jon McGraw (2), Andy Eby, Ryan Lilja and Jeron Mastrud.

U - UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS football teams have gone just 4-10 against Kansas State in the last 14 years.

V - K-State owns more VICTORIES than losses against two existing Big 12 teams, including the pre-Big 12 era. That's a 6-2 mark against the Baylor Bears and a 6-5 resume against the Texas Longhorns.

W - WALK-ONS have been pivotal to K-State's success over the years, which was noticeable last year with three former non-scholarship players on NFL rosters in Rock Cartwright (Oakland), Jon McGraw (Kansas City) and Jordy Nelson (Green Bay).

X - Touchdown XI was the 11th real Wildcat mascot, but never attended games. He made his home at the Manhattan Sunset Zoo. In reality, XI was a bobcat.

Y - YOUTHFUL words (OK, that's a stretch) came from the school's student newspaper - "K-State Industrialist" - after Kansas State Agricultural College played its unofficial first game in 1891, but banned the sport five years later. The young campus sportswriter penned, "It is hoped that our students have the good sense to play football without violence, but the game is sometimes played next to barbarism."

Z - ZIMMERMAN, as in Ty, earned Freshman All-American honors in 2010 as a safety after starting his career as a quarterback out of nearby Junction City High School.

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