K-State Places Seven on AP All-Big 12 Teams

Wade Weibert

Dec. 2, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Led by senior running back Daniel Thomas' first-team selection, Kansas State had seven players named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 teams, as selected by a panel of 20 sportswriters who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's seven states.

Joining Thomas on the list were offensive linemen Zach Kendall and Wade Weibert on the second team, as well as honorable mention selections David Garrett, Stephen Harrison, William Powell and Ty Zimmerman.

Thomas, who earned second-team honors from the league's coaches on Tuesday, was named to the first team by the AP for a second straight season. Thomas is ranked among the top running backs in the nation, helping the Wildcats earn a trip to their first bowl game since 2006. A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Thomas has recorded the second-most rushing yards in a season at K-State with 1,495 in 2010, while his 2,760 career rushing yards are third all-time at Kansas State. He ended the regular season last Saturday at North Texas on a high note, finishing the contest with 269 yards, the third most in a single game in school history.

Weibert and Kendall have helped pave the way for a Wildcat rushing attack that averaged 206.0 yards a game this season and totaled 37 rushing touchdowns, the fifth most in school history. Weibert, a preseason candidate for the Rimmington Trophy, has started every game the past two years at Kansas State, including 23 of the 24 at center, while Kendall has an offensive high 29 career starts under his belt.

Powell and Zimmerman picked up first and second team accolades, respectively, from the league's coaches on Tuesday, while the selections by the AP were the second of the postseason for Harrison and the first for Garrett.

Kansas State is bowl-eligible for the 12th time under head coach Bill Snyder and first since 2006 following its 7-5 campaign. In addition to sporting the Big 12's No. 1 football graduation rate for the fourth consecutive season, excitement in Wildcat football was also evidenced by four sell-out crowds at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this season and the largest total attendance for a six-game home season in Kansas State history.

FIRST TEAM: Daniel Thomas, RB

SECOND TEAM: Zach Kendall, OL; Wade Weibert, OL

HONORABLE MENTION: David Garrett, DB; Stephen Harrison, DB; William Powell, All-Purpose; Ty Zimmerman, DB.