Harold Named Midseason All-America

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State defensive end Brandon Harold has been named a First Team Midseason Freshman All-American by Rivals.com, the organization has announced.


Harold, a true freshman from East St. Louis, Ill., is one of two Wildcat true freshmen to start this season and has played a key role along the defensive line in 2008.


The 6-6, 265-pound defensive end is currently ranked third in the Big 12 Conference and 22nd nationally with 8.5 tackles for loss, while also ranking first nationally among freshmen in tackles for loss. His 3.0 sacks also rank second in the Big 12 among freshmen defensive linemen.


His 27 total tackles in 2008 also rank first in the Big 12 among freshmen defensive linemen, third among all freshmen defenders and fourth among all defensive linemen in the league.


Harold collected a career-best seven tackles, including two sacks, against Louisiana this season, while he has recorded 24 total tackles in his last five games and multiple stops in every game this season.


Four other Big 12 freshmen join Harold on the squad, including Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher, Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis and Texas safety Earl Thomas.