Daniel Thomas: The Greatest?


Eight years ago this week, I sat inside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium (then KSU Stadium) and watched Kansas State defeat USC on national television.  During that game, Darren Sproles put one of the most outstanding moves I've ever seen put on another player when he took what looked like a sure loss in the backfield into a few yards by performing on one of the most fantastic spin moves I've ever seen.  It was at that moment that I knew we were looking at something special, and that Sproles would most likely go down as the greatest running back in the history of Kansas State football.

And he did.

Fast forward to today, and I'm beginning to question my initial assessment of Wildcat greatness.  As of today, Daniel Thomas is on pace to rush for 2208 yards this season.  Granted, that's over a twelve game schedule, but when you factor in the knowledge that he's being keyed on every single game and every single offensive play...it's simply astounding. 

Watching Daniel against Iowa State was a thing of beauty.  Sure, he didn't have a big play, per se, but he was constantly gaining 5, 10, and 15 yard chunks all day long.  Even though Iowa State knew he was the main threat, and they made a point to stop him, they simply couldn't.  He was, for all intents and purposes, unstoppable.  First down after first down, touchdown after touchdown, Thomas imposed his will on the Cyclones like he did against UCLA and Missouri State.  Just like he did against Kansas in 2009 when he lead the Big 12 in rushing on his way to being named 1st-team All Big 12 in his first year as a running back.  Ever.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though the topic of the day is most likely related to the quarterback situation, how well the defense is (or isn't) playing, and how far the Wildcats will ultimately progress this year in terms of success, one thing I implore everyone to do, and definitely not take for granted, is the truly historical season Daniel Thomas is putting together.  We all thought Darren Sproles was one of a kind, and he is, but this is like seeing Halley's Comet twice in your lifetime.  You just don't want to skip that.

 

Thanks to DoDRepeat

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