July 15, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior defensive end Ryan Mueller was one of a record 182 nominees for the 2014 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, the organizations announced.
Mueller, one of 90 players from the FBS and nine from the Big 12 up for the award, is the sixth Wildcat in the last seven years to be named a candidate for one of the most prestigious off-the-field award. Last season, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was nominated, while quarterback Collin Klein earned a nod on the 2012 Good Works Team.
A product of Leawood, Kan., Mueller has not only made an impact on the football field but also in the Manhattan and Kansas City communities. A team captain, Mueller has visited retirement centers, participated in Cats in the Classroom as he reads to students or helps teachers with classroom activities, Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and assisted with elementary school carnivals. The biggest impact he has made has been befriending Kaiden Schroeder, an eight-year old Wildcat fan who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in May 2009. Ryan regularly visits Kaiden both in person and on the phone, while Kaiden was Ryan's guest for a game in Manhattan last season before suiting up and scoring a touchdown during this past year’s spring game.
On the field, Mueller tied the school record in sacks with 11.5 last season en route to Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and All-America accolades. His sack total ranked second in the Big 12 and eighth nationally in 2013 and included a school-record tying three sacks at Texas Tech as he picked up Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He also earned the weekly honor following the Iowa State game by totaling seven tackles with 2.5 sacks.
Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Mueller and the Wildcats kick off the 2014 season with an August 30, matchup against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The sixth-annual K-State Family Reunion will begin at 6:10 p.m., and be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.
Season tickets for the 2014 campaign sold out on June 5, while only a small number of scattered singles remain for games against Texas Tech (Oct. 4), Texas (Oct. 25) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 1). Standing-room only tickets are available for the Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas contests.
Visiting teams will also have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase. Fans can now join the 2015 waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting www.k-statesports.com/tickets.