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Risner named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year

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and earns an All-Big 12 First Team nod.

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Dalton Risner, senior right tackle, has been named the 2018 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in an announcement from the Big 12 office earlier today.

For a third season in a row, Risner was named to the first team for the Coaches’ All-Big 12 teams. With these honors Risner joins some great company, becoming just second Wildcat to garner the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honor, the first being B.J. Finney in 2014. With Risner’s dominant performance on the field, it was no wonder the Wildcats offense averaged 182.6 rushing yards per game.

The other key to the Wildcats’ offense was running back Alex Barnes, named All-Big 12 Second Team with his incredible season. Barnes’ rushing total of 1,355 yards came in fourth in school history, which is no easy feat. Overall Barnes’ rushing total placed him seventh in the nation at the end of the regular season.

Joining along with Barnes on the Second Team was defensive back Duke Shelley, who still earned his nod even after missing the second half of the season.

Rounding out the accolades garnered by K-State was punter Devin Anctil and defensive end Kyle Ball. Shelley had previously earned an All-Big 12 honor as an honorable mention last year. The honorable mentions given to Anctil and Ball were their first All-Big 12 nods thus far.