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K-State Slate: 7.16.15 - Big 12 Preseason Thoughts

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Everyone is undefeated right now. What can we expect from the Big 12 this year?

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All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

Last season, Charmeachelle "Mike" Moore played the part of a fan watching from the sidelines after a season-ending knee injury, but we have every hope he'll be a consistent role player at linebacker this year. BracketCat has more as the 2015 football roster countdown rolls on with #52.

O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful!
And yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping.

Three Kansas State players have been named to the preseason All-Big 12 team: senior left tackle Cody Whitehair, junior fullback Glenn Gronkowski, and senior safety Dante Barnett (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle). I am amused by the fact that Kansas has no players on the team and that this article specifically points this out.

For Barnett, this is just the latest in a seemingly endless string of preseason honors. Already on the watchlist for the Nagurski Trophy, the Bednarik Award, and the Thorpe Award, Barnett was named to the watchlist for the Wuerffel Trophy, an award rewarding community service by football players (K-State SID).

In the run-up to Big 12 Media Days next week, there will be plenty of prognostication from the media. The K-State Collegian beats everyone to the punch by releasing their own preseason rankings and awards (Timothy Everson, Collegian).

Everson picked the Wildcats to finish sixth in the conference, but since he loves Kansas State, we'll probably forgive him. Brandon Chatmon, on the other hand, hates Kansas State. That is the only possible explanation for his Week 12 prediction of Iowa State 27, Kansas State 21. That would be a road win for the Cyclones in Manhattan, a thing that has not happened in over a decade. Maybe Chatmon is just playing the law of averages?

I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done,
than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.

Track and field head coach Cliff Rovelto has been named to the Team USA staff as an assistant coach for the men's team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (K-State SID). This is the first time Rovelto has been tabbed to coach Team USA at the Olympics, but he was the personal coach for three American high jumpers at the London Games, and has coached 14 Olympic athletes in the past.