Powell Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

William Powell

Sept. 20, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior running back and kickoff return specialist William Powell has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Powell’s distinction, which is the first of his career, marks the third time this season that a Wildcat has earned a conference weekly award. Daniel Thomas and Anthony Cantele were named the Big 12 Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, following K-State’s season-opening win over UCLA.

Last Saturday against Iowa State, Powell averaged 29 yards on four kick returns to help the Wildcats win their second straight conference-opener against the Cyclones. He had a 45-yard return that set up a touchdown drive, which gave the Wildcats a 17-14 lead in the third quarter. Powell, a former walk-on, climbed up the Big 12 and national kick return rankings this week and currently ranks first in the league and 14th nationally with his 31.7 return average.

The honor marks the 28th time a Wildcat has been named the conference’s special teams player of the week, including the 12th since 2006. It is also the second straight season that K-State has earned a special teams player of the week accolade following the Iowa State contest as Emmanuel Lamur earned the award after the game with the Cyclones last year.

Kansas State, which has received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Polls each of the last three weeks, hosts UCF Saturday in a nationally-televised 11:30 a.m. contest on FSN. Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain available for the game, which serves as Fort Riley Day and the annual University Family Day. Wildcat 4-Packs are available for only $75 and military personnel can purchase seats for only $10. Fans are also encouraged to purchase and donate tickets to someone in the military for $10.

To order tickets for the UCF game, or any of the remaining four home games in 2010, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the new and improved k-statesports.com or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.

Offense: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Defense: Eric Hagg, DB, Nebraska; Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Special Teams: William Powell, KOR, Kansas State