Friday night at McCain Auditorium, the K-State football program held their annual awards banquet. If any of you happened to attend, we'd love to get your observations in the comments. For now, we'll just have to settle for the list.
Defensive lineman Will Geary received the Overachiever Award, given to the top freshman in strength and conditioning.
The Red Raider Award, going to the top contributor on the scout team, went to redshirt freshman quarterback Jesse Ertz, which is potentially a good sign down the road.
Wideout Stanton Weber was given the Scholar-Athlete Award.
Seven players were presented with special memorial awards, all of which essentially honor "being hard-working leaders". The Bob Cope Memorial Award, reserved for senior walk-ons, went to wide receiver Stephen Johnson. Linebacker Blake Slaughter and defensive end Taylor Godinet shared the Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award, while offensive linemen B.J. Finney and Cornelius Lucas split the Joan Friederich Award. The Nancy Bennett Memorial Award went to linebacker Jonathan Truman for his positivity, and quarterback Jake Waters was presented with the Jim "Shorty" Kleinau Award.
The much-maligned safety Dylan Schellenberg earned the Purple Pride Award, a walk-on award for leadership.