Nov. 11, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State junior Ryan Mueller, the nation's leader in sacks, was one of 18 players nationally and three from the Big 12 Conference named to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Monday.
Mueller's inclusion on the list marks the second-straight season a Wildcat is in the running for the award as Meshak Williams was a preseason candidate. Mueller is the first midseason candidate since Ian Campbell earned the nod in 2008. Campbell, who recorded a school-record tying 11.5 sacks in 2006, was also a preseason finalist in 2007 and a semifinalist in 2006 as he was the first Wildcat to ever be named a candidate for the award.
Mueller has been nothing short of spectacular as one of the leaders of the K-State defense in 2013. A two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honoree, the Leawood, Kan., native has nation-leading 10.5 sacks this season as he is just one shy of tying the school record, 1.5 sacks away from appearing on the Big 12 single-season top-10 list and 2.5 away from entering K-State's career top-10 list.
A high-energy player who originally came to Kansas State as a walk-on, Mueller has at least a half tackle for loss in every game this season and sacks in seven of nine games, including one in each of the last five games. He has totaled eight of his 10.5 sacks during the five-game stretch, including three last week at No. 23 Texas Tech to tie for second in school history. His five-game streak with a sack is the longest by a Wildcat since Campbell in 2006.
Kansas State returns to Bill Snyder Family Stadium this Saturday with a 2:30 p.m., contest against TCU on FSN. Tickets returned by TCU as well as standing-room only tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the office inside Bramlage Coliseum.