McCrane Earns Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State redshirt freshman kicker Matthew McCrane has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the Wildcats' 51-13 victory over Kansas, the conference office announced Monday.


The honor is the first in McCrane's career and the sixth for the Wildcats this season as Tyler Lockett earned the special teams nod on two occasions, while Jake Waters, Dakorey Johnson and Dante Barnett have also been honored in 2014. Additionally, McCrane's accolade was the Wildcats' Big 12-leading 30th weekly conference honor since the beginning of 2011.

A product of Brownwood, Texas, McCrane converted both of his field goal attempts from distances of 41 and 52 yards against the Jayhawks. His 52-yarder is tied for the 14th-longest in school history, while he is the first Wildcat kicker since Jeff Snodgrass in 2006 to hit two 50-yarders in a season. He was also true on all five of his extra-point attempts to finish with 11 points in the contest.

McCrane moved into the single-season top-10 list at K-State with 14 field goals this year and extended his school record for points by a freshman to 77. He is the Big 12 leader and ranks second nationally in field goal percentage at 93.3 percent (14-of-15), including a 9-of-9 mark from distances of 30 yarders or greater.

Ninth-ranked Kansas State travels to Waco, Texas, on Saturday to face No. 5 Baylor with the winner claiming at least a share of the Big 12 Championship. The nationally-televised game will kick off at 6:45 p.m., on ESPN.