Greatest Wildcats Jersey Countdown: #94

#94 Dirk Ochs (DE) 1991-1995

Why?: The first of a pair of brothers to attend K-State, Dirk Ochs was in many ways a sign of the changes that were happening under Bill Snyder. Ochs came to K-State from Overland Park, Kansas and watched as the Cats went 7-4 in his true freshman season. Using the redshirt that year, Ochs served as a backup to Reggie Blackwell in 1992, before breaking into the starting lineup in 1993. His steady progression and improvement was reflective of the improvement the Cats had made from year to year under Snyder. Ochs did not lead the team in sacks in either his sophomore or junior season, but with the emergence of Tim Colston in 1994, Ochs was primed for an outstanding senior campaign. Ochs absolutely exploded in 1995, leading the Wildcat defense to finish as the best defense in the nation, while he totaled 11 sacks, breaking the single season record held by former teammate John Butler. Ochs did not receive All-Conference or All-America honors in his career, but he finished as the all-time sack leader and 4th all-time in tackles for loss.

Career Numbers:

Sacks: 24

TFLs: 38

Most Memorable Game: The Wildcats had recorded two straight shutouts in 1995 coming into the game against Missouri. The Wildcat defense continued its impressive performance, beating Missouri 33-0. Pacing the Wildcats was Dirk Ochs, who recorded 3 sacks in the game to tie the single-game record. Ochs received Big 8 Defensive Player of the Week honors for his effort.

Current Player on the Roster Wearing #94: Matthew Pola-Mao – Redshirt Freshman DT.

Odds to Replace Ochs on This List: 33%. Without a doubt he has a solid shot at this, especially given the fact that Ochs never earned any postseason honors, but it’s tough for DTs to acquire the stats needed to outdo DEs. Even so, a 1 in 3 shot sounds like pretty fair odds for player who will get a chance to see his first playing action this year.

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