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Slate: Basketball Walk-ons and Football Awards

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Thank goodness for Kellis Robinett....

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It’s been a quiet week in Wildcatland as finals week at K-State has put a damper on any sporting activity. So lets just jump in to what we’ve got. And a special shout-out to Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle/KC Star for churning out quality content even when there’s so little to talk about.

Football

It’s awards season, and several Wildcats are getting multiple nods. So to help you keep track of it all, Kellis has an awards tracker for you.

A three-star safety/linebacker out of Texas, who was once a UCLA commit, has announced a final four. Gabe Brooks at 247Sports reports that Mesquite, TX native Dayven Coleman has put K-State in his final mix with Arizona, Illinois, and Utah. Coleman made his official visit to Manhattan on December 1st.

Megan Moser over at the Manhattan Mercury has put together a bit of a holiday travel guide for K-State fans head to Phoenix for the Cactus Bowl.

Basketball

As the lone senior on the Wildcat basketball squad, Mason Schoen has earned a strong spot as a team leader. As Kellis reports, when “Schoen talks his teammates listen”. Schoen may not see as much action as his younger brother does on the football field, but Mason puts in a lot of hard work in practice and off the court to helps his more celebrate teammates out and earn the respect of his peers.

Other

K-State president Richard Myers was in Washington D.C. yesterday to testify before the Agriculture Committee on the threat to the U.S. food supply by both terrorism and natural plant and animal diseases (Dion Lefler, Eagle).

K-State researcher Anna Zinovyeva, assistant professor in K-State’s Division of Biology, received a $1.8 million grant (titled “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators”) from the National Institutes of Health to help us understand how small molecules affect genes (Staff Reports, Mercury)