Aug. 11, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior running back Daniel Thomas was named to the watch list for the 74th annual Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding college football player, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.
Thomas was one of 60 players nationally, including 10 from the Big 12 Conference, named to the preseason watch list, and became the first Wildcat to earn the distinction since Darren Sproles in 2004. Former quarterback Michael Bishop was also a finalist for the award in 1998.
Thomas, a preseason All-American, burst onto the college football landscape in 2009 when he led the Big 12 Conference with 1,265 rushing yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. The 2009 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year recorded the fourth-highest rushing total in school history and the second-highest among juniors.
The Hilliard, Fla., product was the fourth-fastest player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a season (10th game), while his 105.4 yards per game ranked 21st in the nation and led the Big 12.
The Maxwell Award watch list was the fourth honor of the preseason for Thomas, who was also named a Preseason All-American by College Football Insiders, one of the nation’s top 25 players by NationalChamps.net and a Preseason All-Big 12 honoree.
Thomas and the Wildcats open the 2010 season September 4 with a nationally-televised matchup with UCLA. Tickets for the opener are going fast as fewer than 3,500 seats remain available.
To order tickets for the season opener, or any of the six exciting home games in 2010, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the new and improved k-statesports.com or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.