Thirteen Wildcats Earn Preseason Recognition

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by seven players on the defensive side of the ball, 13 Kansas State football players received national recognition from the four major college football preseason publications – Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Sporting News – throughout the month of June.

In addition to the individual player accolades, Phil Steele ranked K-State special teams units – directed by 2015 National Special Teams Coordinator of the Year Sean Snyder – as the best in the country entering the 2016 season.

Senior defensive end Jordan Willis, junior linebacker Elijah Lee and junior defensive tackle Will Geary each earned Preseason All-Big 12 honors from all four publications. Lee and Geary picked up first-team honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and Sporting News in addition to second-team honors from Lindy’s. Lee, who paced the squad in tackles last year, leads a linebacker unit that was ranked as the second-best in the Big 12 by Athlon.

Willis was a first-team honoree from Lindy’s, which also selected the Kansas City, Missouri, product as the 12th-best defensive end in the nation and best pass rusher in the Big 12. He also earned Second Team All-Big 12 accolades from Athlon and Phil Steele.

Senior safety Dante Barnett, who is coming off a season-ending injury in the first game of 2015, picked up First Team All-Big 12 honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and Sporting News, while junior place kicker Matthew McCrane was a first-team honoree by Athlon and a second-team selection by Phil Steele.

Two other specialists, junior punter Nick Walsh and sophomore punt returner Dominique Heath, also earned All-Big 12 honors from Phil Steele.

Other defensive players to garner preseason recognition include: senior linebacker Charmeachealle Moore (Third Team All-Big 12, Phil Steele), sophomore defensive back Duke Shelley (Third Team All-Big 12, Athlon) and redshirt freshman defensive end Reggie Walker (Third Team All-Big 12, Phil Steele).

On offense, sophomore center Dalton Risner was a Second Team All-Big 12 pick by Athlon and a third-team selection by Phil Steele. Steele also named senior offensive lineman Terrale Johnson a Second Team All-Big 12 performer, while sophomore wide receiver Byron Pringle, a community-college transfer, was a third-team pick.

Kansas State will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 13, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Details for the event will be announced at a later date. The Wildcats will also participate in Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday, July 19.

The excitement is building for the 2016 season – Snyder’s 25th at the helm of the Wildcats – as a limited number of single-game tickets remain available for K-State’s six home games. Available tickets for the homecoming game against Texas on Saturday, October 22, are expected to be down to scattered singles in the next few days, and the other five home games are also selling quickly as Kansas State looks to extend its sellout streak to 33-straight games.

To order tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.


K-State’s 2016 Preseason Honors
Dante Barnett – First Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, Phil Steele), All-Big 12 (Sporting News)
Will Geary – First Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, Phil Steele), Second Team All-Big 12 (Lindy’s), All-Big 12 (Sporting News)
Dominique Heath – Fourth Team All-Big 12 [pr] (Phil Steele)
Terrale Johnson – Second Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Elijah Lee – First Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, Phil Steele), Second Team All-Big 12 (Lindy’s), All-Big 12 (Sporting News)
Matthew McCrane – First Team All-Big 12 (Athlon), Second Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Charmeachealle Moore – Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Byron Pringle – Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Dalton Risner – Second Team All-Big 12 (Athlon), Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Duke Shelley – Third Team All-Big 12 (Athlon)
Reggie Walker – Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
Nick Walsh – Fourth Team All-Big 12 (Athlon)
Jordan Willis – First Team All-Big 12 (Lindy’s), Second Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, Phil Steele), 12th-best defensive end in the nation (Lindy’s), Best Pass Rusher in the Big 12 (Lindy’s)