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Reed named to Thorpe Award watchlist

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He’s also on the Bednarik and Nagurski preseason lists

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We’re just 50 days from kickoff, and we mark it with BracketCat’s roster countdown and #50 defensive tackle Jordon Robertson.


As AMS noted in yesterday’s Slate, D.J. Reed has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watchlist. That makes him only the second player in the Big 12 to make the preseason watchlists for the Thorpe Award as well as Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watchlists.

Reed will be among a small group of Wildcats who will be at Big 12 Media Days next week.

Scott Frantz’s decision to make public last year’s coming out was motivated by his desire to help other young people struggling with their identities, and the Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian suggests that the culture around football has changed enough to allow this to happen.


The Basketball Tournament is nigh, and this year’s edition of the Purple and Black are deeper and stronger than last year’s injury-ridden roster. This year’s squad includes some elite Kansas State names: Jacob Pullen, Thomas Gipson, Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving, Curtis Kelly, Jamar Samuels and Shane Southwell.

The team took on the Canton Bulldogs in Peoria in an early game this morning and won the first round game 79-70. Pullen and Kelly had 17 points each to lead the team, but it took a late surge to take out the Bulldogs.

The Purple and Black will take on the winner of the on-going game between the Illinois Hoopville Warriors (all from the south side of Chicago) and Hilton Magic (yeah, you know where these guys are from).