Five Wildcats Honored by Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. Junior college transfer Brandon Banks led a group of five Wildcats who were named to the 2008 Associated Press All-Big 12 football teams, as selected by a panel of 20 sportswriters who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league’s seven states.

Banks, who was a dynamic wide receiver and return man for the Wildcats in 2008, earned honorable mention honors from the AP as both a receiver and an all-purpose player. Banks became the sixth player in school history to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season as he tallied 1,049 yards on 67 receptions with nine touchdowns. Banks also rushed for a 93-yard touchdown and led K-State in both kickoff and punt return average. Against Nebraska, Banks took a 98-yard kickoff return back for a score, which tied for the fourth-longest touchdown return in school history.

Defensive linemen Ian Campbell, Eric Childs and Brandon Harold were also honorable mention picks. Campbell, who earned the nod from the AP for the third time in his career, recorded 47 tackles this past season, including eight for loss, which was second on the team. He also tallied a team-best 4.5 sacks and blocked a school-record three field goal attempts. The Cimarron, Kan., native, who exhausted his eligibility in 2008, finished his stellar four-year career with 20.5 sacks, which ranks fifth in K-State history.

Childs had his best season in a Wildcat uniform in 2008 as he finished sixth on the team with 52 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. The junior, who is a first-time honoree from the AP, had a career-night at Missouri when he brought down 12 ball carriers, including one for a loss, and recorded one pass breakup.

Harold was one of the best true freshmen in the country this past season as his 10.5 tackles for loss were tops in the nation among freshmen defensive linemen. The East St. Louis, Ill., product finished the year with 45 total tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Another first-time honoree, defensive back Joshua Moore, led the Wildcats in tackles with 76, including five for loss. Moore tied with Baylor’s Jacob Lacey for the most passes defended in the Big 12 this season (15), while Moore’s three interceptions also ranked in the top 10 in the league.

Both Moore and Harold also earned second team All-Big 12 honors from the Kansas City Star. Banks and Deon Murphy each earned second-team honors from Phil Steele, while Campbell and Moore were named to the third team.