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Wednesday has lately become the big news day around the K-State beat. And yesterday had a lot of news to report, good and bad, so lets dive right in.

Yesterday at Bring on the Cats, BracketCat profiled Reggie Walker, who could be Elijah Lee part 2.

On Wednesday the Big 12 announced its 2016 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team as selected by the media who covers the conference. K-State came up second to Oklahoma in selections with five, led by Dante Barnett, who was also named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy (a community service award) and a nominee for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. Also on the Big 12 preseason list are defensive linemen Will Geary and Jordan Willis, linebacker Elijah Lee, and fullback Winston Dimel.

Over at ESPN, Brandon Chatmon dropped a few stories about K-State and the Big 12. From late tuesday, Chatmon predicts a big loss to Baylor for the Cats (I wonder when these predictions were made). Then he took a look at run defense trends for the conference, and again 2015 was not a good year for the Wildcat defense. And then a bit later, he made his picks for K-State's most intriguing freshmen for 2016: Corey Sutton and Tyler Burns.

The season hasn't even begun, and we've already started to lose players to injury. Cartier Diarra has been sidelined for the entire 2016-17 season due to season-ending knee surgery. Diarra was set to be Kamau Stokes' backup at point guard (something about faulty insurance goes here). We wish Diarra a speedy recovery.

The 2016 Olympic Games are now under a month away, and seven Wildcats will be competing for their country in Rio (which is second-most among Big 12 schools). Coach Cliff Rovelto will also be serving as an assitant coach for Team USA (presumably for high jump). Big12Sports.com also dropped their look at K-State's candidates for Big 12 Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Cody Whitehair and Dani Winters (respectively).