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SLATE: Goolsby nominated for AFCA Good Works team

Volleyball team wins 9th-straight AVCA academic award

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Tackling Jayhawks is one of Denzel Goolsby’s good works. Now he’s being honored for good works of another kind.
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This morning’s cool weather made the approach of football seem like a reality, didn’t it? With forty days to wait, it may not be all that imminent, but BracketCat celebrated the occasion by introducing redshirt freshman defensive end Spencer Trussell.

Because we know what a good dude he is, we should not be surprised that senior safety Denzel Goolsby has been nominated for the AFCA good works team. The team honors student-athletes for public service works, and the 137 nominees will be reduced to 22 student finalists (11 from FBS and 11 from the other classifications) and one coach at the end of the season. Goolsby is the 11th Wildcat nominated in the past 12 years, following Dalton Risner, who was named to the final list at the end of last season.

It’s not nice to laugh at small children, but since the participants in this video of pee-wee league football players trying to catch a pint-size Darren Sproles are all in their thirties now, it’s probably okay, in this case. This video has circulated before, but it never ceases to entertain.


The volleyball team has fought for competitive consistency over the past few years, but one place where they have been consistently excellent is in the classroom. The team earned its ninth straight AVCA academic award Monday. The team had 12 Academic all-Big 12 performers, including three athletes with perfect 4.0 GPAs.


K-State Sports Extra featured rowing and football academic adviser Kim Gross today, who penned an open letter thanking rowing for the opportunities it has afforded her and posted it to her LinkedIn page. The letter generated significant attention and led to her being invited to attend the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England. It’s an interesting story about the power of shared experiences in the social media-driven world.


The athletic department published its weekly summary of K-Staters’ performances in summer-league and professional baseball. Ford and Hauswirth continue to pitch well, and Nick Martini is putting up big numbers in Triple-A, but can’t seem to make it back to Oakland (where he hit .296 in 55 games last year), for some reason.