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Risner working hard in Mobile, track heads to Arkansas, and the doubles went down to Georgia (and the singles, too)

Dalton Risner is spending the week trying to lock down a nice payday.
Dalton Risner is spending the week trying to lock down a nice payday.
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It’s a busy weekend for a change here in Wildcatland, with all of Kansas State Wildcats active sports in action. The most important item on the agenda, of course, is a critical road game in College Station against Texas A&M Aggies tomorrow. That shouldn’t pose a huge obstacle for Bruce Weber’s charges, but a slip-up could be problematic.

Speaking of whom, the Capital-Journal’s Arne Green reports on the team’s strength: its defense, aided by a marked improvement from Mike McGuirl.

In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire reached back to the past as he offered up a Q&A session with Wildcat legend Mike Evans, a two-time Big 8 Player of the Year.

As for the women, they’re also on the road Saturday as they trek to the wilds of Morgantown to face West Virginia. It’s not a game which has historically been a positive for the Cats, as the Mountaineers hold a 10-3 advantage in the series. But the two teams have nearly identical records, and K-State has recently put one major hobgoblin to the sword by knocking off their eternal tormenters, Texas.

The track team will be facing a brutal challenge this weekend as well. They’ll travel to Fayetteville for the annual Arkansas Invitational, where the women will be up against literally half of the USTFCCCA top ten (#1 Arkansas, #6 Florida, #8 Kentucky, #9 LSU, and #10 Oregon will all be present). The field is a bit less daunting for the 28th-ranked men, but they’ve got #2 Florida, #8 KSU, #12 Arkansas, and #17 Oregon to contend with. The top six teams on both sides of the meet are those same six teams, joined by Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Mississippi State. Action begins at 12:25 this afternoon with the kickoff of the combined events, and continues tomorrow. The best news of all: the meet will air on the SEC Network, to which we imagine most of you have access.

Tennis will also be participating in a big event this weekend, and they’ve already gotten underway at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga. The Cats are currently on the court against William & Mary, and tomorrow they will face either South Florida or #5 Georgia.

Finally, tomorrow is the Senior Bowl, where Dalton Risner will be trying to lock up a first-round draft selection by protecting Drew Lock and Trace McSorley. The Star’s Brooke Pryor reports on Risner’s trip to Mobile, and notes that he has now met with every single NFL team.