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Media picks Kansas State 3rd in Big 12

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Other preseason accolades roll in, and Scott Frantz makes a gutsy announcement.

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For mid-July, the past day has been surprisingly full of news.

Previously, on Bring on the Cats ...

With 51 days until kickoff, BracketCat gave us profiles of OL Tom Killilea and DE Reggie Walker.

GAT wrote about the big news of the day -- sophomore left tackle Scott Frantz coming out publicly as gay in an interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe.

Later in the day, Frantz posted this statement to his Twitter account (@ScottFrantz74):

Most of the reaction to his announcement has been positive, because #family and all. But that doesn’t change the fact that it took guts to do.

Football

The new news is mostly preseason football news.

That includes the Big 12 media poll picking K-State to finish third in the conference, behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The media have K-State closer to fourth pick Texas (who lost to KU in football last year) than to second pick Okie State, but the Wildcats did receive one of 32 first-place votes. (big12sports.com)

Ian Boyd has six Wildcats on his preseason All-Big 12 team. Those include Winston Dimel, Will Geary, Reid Navjar, and Dalton Risner on the first team and Jesse Ertz and DJ Reed on the second team. (sportstreatise.com)

Senior punter Mitch Lochbihler has been named to the Mortell Holder of the Year Award watch list. The award is entering its third year. (@MortellAward)

Junior cornerback D.J. Reed has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Wildcat great Terence Newman won the award, presented to the top defensive back in the country, in 2002. (ncaa.com)

Reed, sophomore defensive end Reggie Walker and senior defensive tackle Will Geary were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list (for defensive players), and Geary and junior center Dalton Risner were named to the Outland Trophy watch list (for interior linemen). (kstatesports.com)