Barnett Earns Big 12 Weekly Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Following a seven-tackle contest in which he batted away four Texas passes, Kansas State junior defensive back Dante Barnett was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

It was Barnett's first career honor and the fourth this season for the Wildcats as Jake Waters earned the offensive honor following the Iowa State game, Dakorey Johnson was the defensive player of the week after the Auburn game and Tyler Lockett earned the special teams honors following the UTEP game.

The accolade was also Kansas State's Big 12-leading 28th weekly conference honor since the beginning of 2011.

A product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Barnett led the Wildcat defense to a shutout of Texas in a 23-0 victory on Saturday. It was the first home conference shutout for a K-State team since 1999 and marked the first time in 10 seasons that a Texas team had been held scoreless. His four passes defended are tied for the eighth most nationally in a game this season and the most by a Wildcat since 2003. Barnett has six passes broken up in 2014, just one away from tying his high for a season.

No. 11 Kansas State hosts Oklahoma State in a 7 p.m., contest at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this Saturday. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ABC while it will also be available on ESPN3, the WatchESPN app and ESPN Game Plan.

Standing-room only tickets remain available for the game against the Cowboys, and those tickets may be purchased through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.