April 29, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s streak of consecutive years with at least one player being taken in the NFL Draft has run to 18 after running back Daniel Thomas was selected in the second round Friday by the Miami Dolphins.
The 18-year streak is currently the third-longest among Big 12 Conference schools, behind only Texas and Nebraska. Thomas, who was taken with the 62nd pick overall in the draft, also became the highest drafted Wildcat running back since 1955 when Corky Taylor was taken in the second round by Los Angeles with the 18th overall pick.
In 2010, Thomas led the Big 12 Conference in rushing for the second straight year and recorded the second-most rushing yards in a season at K-State with 1,585 yards. The performance was also a new record for a senior back and ranked eighth nationally, while Thomas led the Big 12 Conference with 19 rushing touchdowns, one shy of the school record, en route to All-America honors.
His 2,850 career rushing yards in just two seasons at K-State rank second all-time in school history, while his 30 rushing touchdowns rank fourth, his 12 career 100-yard performances rank second and his 269-yard outing at North Texas in the 2010 regular season finale was the third-most ever by a Wildcat running back.
A Hilliard, Fla., native, Thomas will return to his home state to begin his NFL career.