For the second straight year, Corey Adams won Special Teams MVP honors at Kansas State’s postseason awards ceremony.
The senior long snapper, who was successful on all of his field goal/PAT and punt snaps this season, takes a streak of 475 quality snaps into the Pinstripe Bowl. Those accomplishments were deemed impressive enough by Wildcats coach Bill Snyder that he awarded Adams the program’s top special teams award alongside explosive kick returner William Powell.
Not quite as impressive as 2009, when he beat out speedster Brandon Banks to claim the honor all by himself. But still pretty remarkable.
Some will say Banks and Powell contributed more to K-State with their exciting returns and touchdowns, and I tend to agree. Long snapping is an important, unsung skill, that Snyder cherishes. But returning kicks is an equally important, celebrated skill that everyone appreciates.
In the future, maybe K-State can honor both talents separately by handing out an Unsung Player Award. Just an idea.
In the meantime, K-State’s other big winners were Daniel Thomas (Offensive MVP) and David Garrett and Ty Zimmerman (Defensive MVPs). Below is a complete list of winners. (more…)