Newman, Sproles Named to All-Time, All-Big 12 Squad

RB Darren Sproles

Nov. 24, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Wildcat greats Terence Newman and Darren Sproles were named to the Associated Press' all-time All-Big 12 team, released today.


Only two schools, Texas and Nebraska, had more players on the squad than the Wildcats.


The AP asked voters for this year's all-conference squad to pick a team based on the league's entire history. Voters were asked to take into account how a guy played over his entire tenure in the Big 12 and not to factor in whether the player became a star as a pro.


Newman, who was inducted into the K-State Football Ring of Honor in 2008, lettered from 1999-2002 and played in every K-State game over his four-year career.


The Salina native was a Consensus All-American, Thorpe Award winner and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and was also a two-time All-Big 12 selection. As a senior, Newman had 54 tackles, five interceptions, 19 passes defended and averaged 29.8 yards a punt return with two scores. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 2002.


Sproles lettered from 2001-2004 and was arguably the most prolific running back in school and one of the best in recent college football history. The Olathe native rushed for a Kansas State career-record 4,979 yards, a figure that ranks 16th all-time on the NCAA career rushing chart and third all-time in the Big 12 Conference. He also totaled a Big 12-record 6,812 all-purpose yards, which ranks 10th on the NCAA's career list, and led the Cats to the 2003 Big 12 Championship.


In all, Sproles set 23 records while at Kansas State, including virtually every career, single-season and single-game mark for both rushing and all-purpose yards. He also holds K-State records for both career touchdowns (48) and career rushing touchdowns (45), totaled an incredible 24 career 100-yard rushing games, with five 200-yard rushing performances, and averaged 110.6 yards per game during his career.