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SLATE: Kansas State honors and weekend wrap

Two Wildcats grab three bits of recognition, and basketball odds and ends

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This kid is something already.
This kid is something already.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

The regular season is in the history books, at least for the teams which are neither playing in conference championship games nor defending our nation against foreign enemies. We now head into the silly season; over the weekend six FBS teams (Boston College, Missouri, Old Dominion, Mississippi, South Florida, UTSA) made coaching changes.

But silly season also means awards! Yay!

The first of those that we’ll mention isn’t one of them, however. It’s a regular old weekly award, and for the second time in as many weeks it went to a Wildcat. Joshua Youngblood was once again named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. It’s the third time a Wildcat has won the award this season (Malik Knowles won it in week three), and the fourth weekly award for Kansas State Wildcats on the year (Denzel Goolsby won DPoW, also in week three).

If you’re wondering how Devin Anctil never won it this year, don’t worry. No punter did. Hmph.

That was not the only honor Youngblood accrued this weekend, however. Pro Football Focus announced its 2019 All-America Teams, and both Youngblood and Josh Rivas were named to the third team. It’s quite a surprise that K-State’s sixth man on the offensive line was honored while none of the seniors made the cut, but if nothing else it suggests there’s a backbone to build around next year.

At the Mercury, Ryan Black has been busy. He reported on the absence of Knowles, Walter Neil, and Wykeen Gill as well as covering Anctil’s uniform number change to Sean Snyder’s old number nine.

Black also reported that while Tom Herman isn’t on that list of coaches looking for another job, he fired two assistants, demoted one, and reassigned a fourth. Two of those four coaches happen to be responsible for the Texas receiving corps, so Herman gave someone on his staff a promotion to coach them for the bowl game: Andre Coleman.

There is also basketball tonight. K-State hosts Florida A&M, about which we’ll have more in a bit. In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire touches base with freshman DaJuan Gordon.