It is an enormous relief and a true pleasure to be able to write about just touchdowns and three-point plays again. Thank you for being a haven of sorts.
Now that finals week is technically over, Kansas State football can turn its full attention to the Texas Bowl. This particular post-season has been marked by a thing Kansas State fans are not used to: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. A number of Kansas State players, notably Jordan Willis, have picked up several post-season honors and the Wildcats’ success over the last five weeks of the regular season has not gone unnoticed (Stan Unruh, Fansided).
Kansas State’s recent success in the ground game is at least partly due to stellar play from the offensive line. Despite having four new starters, Charlie Dickey set high expectations for the unit and made no excuses or compromises. The result is the league’s best offensive line and one of the best units in the country (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).
Among the new starters on the offensive line is center Reid Najvar who took over the role when last year’s starting center Dalton Risner moved to right tackle. At first, Najvar could not find enthusiasm for this new position, and found it difficult to master reading a defense and calling out blocking schemes, but ultimately, he found a groove. Oh, and he’s from the Houston area and is looking at the Texas Bowl as a homecoming of sorts (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).
In his weekly K-State Q&A, Robinett also suggests the Wildcats might go 10-2 next season. Will take!
Many of you have seen this already, but it’s probably worth sharing. Several Wildcats went Christmas caroling this week. As you can tell from this short clip, they can carry a ball much better than they can carry a tune.
Just one of the many houses your Kansas State Football Christmas Carolers blessed tonight. pic.twitter.com/um4MHbaojX— Denzel Goolsby (@DenzelGoolsby) December 16, 2016
The Kansas State men will take on Colorado State this afternoon in a contest billed as the Duel in Denver. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 PM CST, and the game will air on the CBS Sports Network.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 8-5, with the latest win coming last year in Wichita. This is the team’s first game since a December 10th win over Washington State.
Wesley Iwundu was the star of that game, and although he doesn’t necessarily have to carry the team this season, he’s finally growing into the role of team leader. He’s looking forward to playing with energy and filling up the stat sheet (Ken Corbitt, Capital-Journal).
The women’s basketball team is also in action this weekend, taking on the Princeton Tigers in a 1 PM game at Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday. This is the last game in the Wildcats’ three-game home stand and the first appearance by an Ivy League school in Manhattan since Dartmouth in 2011.
This is the first-ever meeting between the programs. Princeton is currently 4-5 and had a four-game win streak snapped by a loss to Fordham last week.
Happy weekend, all. Drive safe and stay warm!