Three Cats Named to All-JC Transfer Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State has long had an unmatched reputation for developing junior college talent and the 2007 season backs that claim as three Wildcats have been named to the 2007 All-Junior College Transfer Team.


Senior running back James Johnson, junior punt returner/wide receiver Deon Murphy and senior cornerback Justin McKinney have been honored by Rivals on the team comprised of players who attended junior colleges before moving on and finding success at the Division I level.


Johnson, a Port Arthur, Texas, native, and transfer from Blinn College, became the fastest Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards in a season after running for 1,106 yards (6.4 yards a carry) and 12 touchdowns in 2007. The All-Big 12 performer tallied five 100-yard rushing performances on the season and ranks third in the Big 12 and 42nd nationally in rushing at 92.2 yards a game.


A junior from Houston, Texas, and transfer from Coffeyville College, Murphy led the Big 12 and was second nationally in punt returns this season with his 17.5 average. He also was second on the team in receiving with 57 catches and five touchdowns and is 12th in the Big 12 in receptions per game in league contests at 4.62. Murphy, an All-Big 12 selection, totaled eight touchdowns this season, five receiving, two rushing and one via a punt return for a score.


McKinney, an All-Big 12 selection from Sanford, Fla., and transfer from Garden City Community College, was Kansas State’s leading tackler this season with 74 tackles and also had three interceptions, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and blocked one punt.