Eight Wildcats Named All-Big 12

KR/PR William Powell

Nov. 30, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State placed a total of eight student-athletes on the 2010 All-Big 12 football teams, led by first team kick returner William Powell, conference officials announced Tuesday. Selections were made by the Big 12 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Three Wildcats were named to the league’s second team in running back Daniel Thomas, offensive lineman Zach Kendall and defensive back Ty Zimmerman, while kicker Josh Cherry, defensive backs Stephen Harrison and Terrance Sweeney and wide receiver Aubrey Quarles all earned honorable mention accolades.

Powell’s first team honor marks the second straight year that K-State has had the league’s top kick returner as the senior led the league and nation during the regular season with a 34.6 average. One of the best stories in the league in 2010, the former walk-on earned a scholarship just days before the Iowa State game on September 18 and then went on to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors following two big kick returns that led to Wildcat scores. Powell also recorded a 100-yard return for a score at Baylor.

Thomas, last year’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year and first team pick, is ranked among the top running backs in the nation and was a big component in K-State’s run to a bowl game in 2010. A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Thomas has already recorded the second-most rushing yards in a season at K-State with 1,495 in 2010, which is also a new record for a senior back. His 2,760 career rushing yards rank third all-time at K-State, while his 12 career 100-yard performances ranks second and his 269-yard outing at North Texas last week was the third-most ever by a Wildcat running back.

Kendall anchored a K-State offensive line that helped the Wildcats average over 200 yards a game on the ground this season. A senior captain, Kendall has 29 career starts under his belt and paved the way for K-State’s ground attack, which currently ranks second in the Big 12 and 20th nationally.

Zimmerman, who also received votes for Defensive Freshman of the Year honors, became one of K-State’s most consistent defenders as a true freshman in 2010. A Junction City product who switched to defensive back during the spring, Zimmerman ranks second in the Big 12 among freshmen with 69 tackles despite not recording a tackle in the season opener against UCLA. He has recorded six or more tackles in eight of the last nine games, including a season-high 12 against Oklahoma State. He also leads the team with three interceptions and has recovered two fumbles.

KANSAS STATE 2010 ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS

FIRST TEAM:
William Powell, KR/PR

SECOND TEAM:
Daniel Thomas, RB; Zach Kendall, OL; Ty Zimmerman, DB

HONORABLE MENTION:
Josh Cherry, PK; Stephen Harrison, DB; Aubrey Quarles, WR; Terrance Sweeney, DB