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SLATE: Transfer portal still taking and giving

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Football loses one, but volleyball adds one.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma
Looks like we’ll be stuck with just the one glorious highlight
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The 2021 season hasn’t yet started, and another Kansas State football player has entered the transfer portal. This one, while frustrating, is a lot more reasonable than many we saw 6-8 months ago. Keyon Mozee, a true freshman running back from Lee’s Summit, has entered the transfer portal. Mozee didn’t have eye-popping numbers last year, but he made enough plays, including the 78-yard catch-and-run against OU, that fans were excited about his future in purple. But there’s a logjam in the running back room, and even if this coaching staff is pretty willing to flex players around (Mozee played as a “wide receiver” more often than running back last season), there’s only so many reps to go around. We wish him the best of luck, and will always remember him fondly for that glorious afternoon in Norman.

Over on the positive side of the portal, K-State volleyball announced the incoming transfer of Haley Warner, an opposite who has played the first part of her collegiate career at Florida. Warner, a 6-foot-2 native of Fayetteville, AR, played three seasons in Gainesville, and was on three-straight NCAA Tournament teams. Thanks to COVID, she’ll have two years left to play in Manhattan.

Six current & former Wildcat track & field stars are headed (back) to Eugene, OR for one more attempt at the dream of representing the United States at the upcoming Olympics. Taylor Latimer (shot put), Ashley Petr (discuss), Logan Wolfley (javelin), Jah Strange (triple jump) all competed for K-State this past season, and are joined by grads Janee Kassanavoid (hammer throw) and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Erik Kynard at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials set for today through Saturday, June 27th. Latimer has one more season yet to hurl the shot put in MHK, but Petr, Wolfley, and Strange all wrapped up their final season of collegiate competition this year. Latimer, Petr, and Wolfley represented K-State at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships just a week ago, with Wolfley also winning the Wildcats first-ever conference title in the javelin at the 2021 Big 12 Championship.

You can watch most of the Olympic Trials on either NBC or NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), which will provide coverage over eight nights, including six in primetime on NBC. Coverage begins on Friday at 6pm CT on NBCSN and run until Sunday, June 27th at 6pm, CT on NBC. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present exclusive streaming coverage of a number of events, including the long jump, pole vault, shot put, hammer, javelin, discus, 20km race walk, decathlon and heptathlon.

Tickets for K-State soccer’s 2021 season go on sale Monday, as full capacity will again be allowed a Buser Family Park. Of course there are lots of incentives for ordering early, so if you’re going to watch the Wildcats in MHK, might as well get those things ordered next week.

Also, be on the look-out later today for another insightful recruiting article from Drew. It’s good stuff, as always.