One of the top returning players from last season's regional team who will be called upon to be more of a leader as the everyday shortstop.
Sophomore (2009): One of the top middle infielders in the Big 12 last season as he helped lead the Wildcats to the top team batting average in the conference and the third-best average in school history... Was also instrumental in helping the Cats set school records for single-season hits and stolen bases... Started all 62 games last season, teaming with five other individuals that set the school record for games played and started in a season... Was second on the team with a .353 (84-for-238) average with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 46 RBI... Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as he was fourth in the conference in stolen bases (23), sixth in runs scored (61), seventh in hits (84) and tied for ninth in on-base percentage (.434)... Finished with a .320 (33-for-103) batting average in conference play... Led the team in on-base percentage, runs scored and sacrifice flies (6), while he was third on the team in stolen bases... Finished second in school history with 62 singles, tied for third in single-season at-bats, tied for seventh in single-season runs scored and single-season hits, and was seventh in single-season hit-by-pitches (12)... Also finished second in school history with 184 fielding assists, including a K-State single-game record of 10 against Pacific... Tied a school single-game mark with three doubles against Oklahoma State... Totaled a team-high 26 multi-hit games, including 11 three-hit and two four-hit contests... Also recorded 10 multi-RBI games... Recorded a season-high four hits against Niagara, tallying two doubles and driving in one run... Matched that with another four-hit contest against No. 13 Oklahoma, going 4-for-5 with one homer, two RBI and three runs scored... Was 3-for-4 with another home run and two RBI against Northwestern... Drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly against No. 15 Texas A&M... Went 3-for-5 with a double and a season-high three RBI against Wichita State... Drove in another three runs against Missouri in a 3-for-3 outing... Recorded a season-best seven-game hitting streak towards the end of the season... Earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Freshman (2008): Saw action in 40 games, earning 35 starts, mainly as the designated hitter... Hit .240 with six doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI... Was also 9-for-14 in stolen base attempts... Hit .303 (10-for-33) with runners in scoring position... Was fourth on the team in fielding assists with 56... Tallied six multi-hit games, including five of three or more hits... Also recorded five multi-RBI contests... Went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in just his second start against Michigan State on Feb. 29... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs against Washington on March 11... Also had a pair of three-hit, two-RBI games against Central Arkansas on April 2, and at Creighton on April 15... Scored the winning run as a pinch runner to clinch a three-game sweep over Kansas on May 18... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Katy HS: Lettered and started three years for the Tigers under head coach Tom McPherson... An outstanding hitter, who held a .529 average as senior with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 42 RBIs... Was named all-district 2005-07, including being named the Texas 5A-District 18 Player of the Year in 2007... Also named to the All-Greater Houston team in 2006 and 2007... Led his nationally-ranked team to the state title game in 2006 and was named to the all-tournament team... Was the MVP for Team Texas in the 2006 Junior Sunbelt Classic and named to the all-tournament team for the 2007 Senior Sunbelt Classic... Invited to play in the Houston Coaches Association Top Junior All Star Game in 2006, as well as the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game in 2007... Earned Louisville Slugger High School All-American honors in 2007.
Personal: Carter William Jurica was born Sept. 23, 1988, in Houston, Texas... He is the son of George and Doris Jurica... Has three brothers, Eric, Garrett and Clayton... A member of the National Honors Society in high school... Chose K-State over offers from Houston, Missouri, LSU, TCU, Texas-San Antonio and Sam Houston State... Majoring in business administration.