Three Wildcats Earn All-America Status
Dec. 15, 2010
Adams was named a First Team All-American by Phil Steele, while the publication placed Powell on the fourth team. Sports Illustrated named Thomas an honorable mention running back and Powell an honorable mention returner.
Regarded as one of the best long snappers in the country, Adams is the first Wildcat to earn first team All-America accolades since Jordy Nelson was a consensus first team All-American in 2007, while he is the first long snapper in school history to be named an All-American.
A native of Monument, Colo., Adams has appeared in all 48 games during his four-year career and has been perfect on a combined 475 snaps, including 60 field goal/PAT attempts and 58 punt snaps this season. The senior was a First Team Midseason All-American by Phil Steele, while he also earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.
Powell, who leads the nation with a kickoff return average of 34.6 yards, picked up his second and third All-America honors as he was also a Third Team All-American by Rivals.com. A First Team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches, Powell's 34.6-yard average is second in Big 12 history, while he ranks first in school history for both a season and a career.
A Second Team All-American by Rivals.com, Thomas heads into the bowl season ninth in the nation in rushing at 124.6 yards per game. His 1,495 yards this season are tops in school history for a senior, while he ranks second for a single-season and third in a career with 2,760 yards. A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, Thomas was a First Team All-Big 12 pick by the Associated Press and the Kansas City Star, while he earned second-team honors from the league's coaches, the Dallas Morning News and Phil Steele.
The Wildcats (7-5) will take on Syracuse (7-5) on December 30 in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The game kicks at 2:30 p.m. CT, and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
For Pinstripe Bowl information and specific details on K-State's trip to New York, visit the official bowl headquarters at www.k-statesports.com/bowlgame.