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Kansas State football wrapup

Final record

6-6 overall

4-4 in Big 12 North (2nd)

Offensive MVP

Daniel Thomas. The junior running back finished with a Big 12-leading 1,265 yards, 135 yards ahead of Oklahoma State's Keith Toston, who plays Saturday at Oklahoma. Thomas piled up yards against defenses that were stacked against the run. The Wildcats also asked him to play quarterback at times. When he was at his best, so was K-State's offense.

Defensive MVP

After a slow start, Jeffrey Fitzgerald became K-State's best pass rusher and big-play defender. The senior defensive end led the Wildcats with seven sacks, forced three fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown. Opposing quarterbacks had to know where he was on every play.

Reason to hope in 2010

The Wildcats will again have a potent running attack with Thomas, and a solid secondary with defensive backs Emmanuel Lamur, Tysyn Hartman and Joshua Moore returning. With Bill Snyder back for a full year, recruiting and coaching should also continue to improve.

Reason to mope in 2010

WR Brandon Banks will be missed in the passing/return game. The top lineman on each side — Fitzgerald and Nick Stringer, are gone. Grant Gregory wasn't the most talented quarterback around, and his replacement will likely bring a greater skill set to the position. But his toughness and leadership will be difficult to replace.

Best moment

Nothing signaled Snyder's return better than K-State's 62-14 victory against Texas A&M on Oct. 17. The win came a week after the Wildcats lost by 52 points at Texas Tech, meaning they got 100 points better in seven days. That victory propelled them to the top of the Big 12 North standings, and they stayed in the division race the rest of the season.

Worst moment

If not for a 17-15 loss Sept. 12 at Louisiana-Lafayette, K-State would be eligible for a bowl game. But the Wildcats were slow to find their starting quarterback, a consistent kicking game and a pass rush and fell to a Sun Belt opponent.

Three things that went right

1. Bill Snyder returned to college football and proved he still has years left in him. At 70, he took a team few expected to contend to within a game of winning the Big 12 North.

2. The Wildcats went 5-1 at home and pumped a good deal of excitement back into Snyder Family Stadium.

3. Before the season began, the No. 1 goal among many K-State fans was for the Wildcats to beat rival Kansas. With a 17-10 win, K-State did just that and ended a three-game losing streak to the Jayhawks.

Three things that went wrong

1. Scoring in the red zone and stopping high-powered passing attacks were problems throughout the year. Key turnovers or missed field goals hurt the Wildcats against Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri and Nebraska. And Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Missouri threw for big yardage.

2. It took too long for Grant Gregory to get accustomed to K-State's offense. Had he been the starter for the season-opener on, instead of just Big 12 play, the Wildcats would likely have qualified for a bowl game.

3. The Wildcats never figured out how to win on the road. Though they defeated Iowa State 24-23 in a neutral-site game at Arrowhead Stadium, they went winless in true road games.

Report card

Quarterback: C. Gregory was serviceable throughout Big 12 play, and he brought some much-needed leadership to the offense. But he didn't start a game during the nonconference portion, and K-State's passing numbers (2,033 yards and seven touchdowns) weren't impressive.

Running back: A+. Daniel Thomas turned in one of the best single seasons of any running back in recent K-State memory. He was difficult to tackle, often carrying defenders for extra yards. Backup Keithen Valentine's 6.5-yard average was also a plus.

Wide receiver/tight end: B-. Banks was one of the most explosive receivers in the league, but he only caught one touchdown pass and he was the Wildcats' only receiving option at times. Lamark Brown, Attrail Snipes, Collin Klein and Jeron Mastrud could have been better utilized.

Offensive line: B. It paved the way for a 1,200-yard rusher and Nick Stringer and Wade Weibert became leaders on the roster, but quarterbacks were pressured too often.

Defensive line: B. Jeffrey Fitzgerald is an all-conference candidate, and the defensive line did an admirable job throughout conference play without top returner Brandon Harold, who missed all but one game with an injury. But the unit struggled early, getting three sacks in the first five games.

Linebacker: C+. Ulla Pomele, John Houlik and Alex Hrebec made their fair share of tackles, but K-State's leading tacklers were in the secondary.

Defensive back: B+. Tysyn Hartman, Emmanuel Lamur and Joshua Moore were three of K-State's four leading tacklers and allowed 234.5 passing yards. They did not perform well against Texas Tech, Oklahoma or Missouri, though.

Special teams: A. Banks' four kickoff returns for touchdowns was one off an NCAA single-season record, and his 28.9 yards per return is currently best in the Big 12. By the end of the season, opponents were afraid to kick to him. Combined with a strong punting game and Josh Cherry's improvement, special teams was a plus.

Coaching: B+. The Wildcats were slow to start the season, which cost them a bowl game, and couldn't finish out their run to the North title. But they won 5 of 7 games in the middle to make its fan base get excited about football again. Snyder did a fantastic job getting so much out of his players during that span.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 5 UMass W,21-17

Sept. 12 at La.-Lafayette L,17-15

Sept. 19 at UCLA L,23-9

Sept. 26 Tenn. Tech W,49-7

Oct. 3 x-Iowa St. W,24-23

Oct. 10 at Texas Tech L,66-14

Oct. 17 Texas A&M W,62-14

Oct. 24 Colorado W,20-6

Oct. 31 at Oklahoma L,42-30

Nov. 7 Kansas W,17-10

Nov. 14 Missouri L,38-12

Nov. 21 at Nebraska L,17-3

x-at Kansas City, Mo.

Final LEADERS

RUSHING Att Yds TD YPG

Daniel Thomas 247 1265 11 105.4

Keithen Valentine 55 357 6 29.8

Grant Gregory 106 308 3 28.0

Brandon Banks 11 110 0 9.2

Jarell Childs 13 79 0 6.6

Carson Coffman 5 464 2 10.7

Braden Wilson 3 8 0 0.7

Adrian Hilburn 1 1 0 0.3

Ryan Doerr 1 -3 0 -0.2

Collin Klein 1 -8 0 -0.7

PASSING C-Att-Int Pct Yds TD YPG

Grant Gregory 100-175-4 57.1 1096 4 99.6

Carson Coffman 71-117-4 60.7 860 21 43.3

Daniel Thomas 3-4-0 75.0 5 0 14.2 Collin Klein 1-1-0 100.0 27 0 2.2

RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg TD YPG

Brandon Banks 56 705 12.6 1 58.8

Attrail Snipes 28 424 15.1 2 35.3

Daniel Thomas 25 257 10.3 0 21.4

Jeron Mastrud 21 233 11.1 1 19.4

Lamark Brown 18 215 11.9 2 17.9

Keithen Valentine 8 35 4.4 0 2.9

Collin Klein 6 38 6.3 1 3.2

Braden Wilson 4 33 8.2 0 2.8

Brice Vignery 3 27 9.0 0 3.4

Sheldon Smith 3 27 9.0 0 4.5

Travis Tannahill 2 37 18.5 0 3.1

Cole Bachamp 1 2 2.0 0 0.2

TACKLES Solo Ast Total

Emmanuel Lamur 44 24 68

Joshua Moore 45 19 64

Ulla Pomele 34 21 55

Tysyn Hartman 34 20 54

John Houlik 35 16 51

Troy Butler 32 14 46

Jeffrey Fitzgerald 24 16 40

Alex Hrebec 19 13 32

Daniel Calvin 16 15 31

Antonio Felder 17 13 30

Kevin Rohleder 20 9 29

David Garrett 16 13 29

Stephen Harrison 17 8 25

Raphael Guidry 10 9 19

Courtney Herndon 10 3 13

Michael Abana 3 9 12

Darious Thomas 7 4 11

Prizell Brown 4 6 10

Joseph Kassanavoid 5 4 9

Eric Childs 5 4 9

Hansen Sekona 4 4 8

Lamark Brown 6 2 8

Billy McClellan 5 2 7

Grant Valentine 4 2 6

Logan Dold 1 5 6

Adrian Stryker 4 1 5

Terrance Sweeney 3 2 5

Torell Miller 4 0 4

Thomas Ferguson 2 2 4

Blake Slaughter 3 0 3

Josh Cherry 2 1 3

Matt Wykes 2 1 3

William Powell 1 1 2

Josh Berard 0 2 2

Attrail Snipes 2 0 2

Daniel Thomas 2 0 2

Brandon Banks 2 0 2

Corey Adams 1 0 1

Chris Carney 0 1 1

Braden Wilson 1 0 1

Travis Tannahill 1 0 1

Payton Kirk 0 1 1

Brandon Harold 1 0 1

Dustin Sobieraj 0 1 1

INTERCEPTIONS No.

Tysyn Hartman 5

Emmanuel Lamur 3

Joshua Moore 2

John Houlik 1

Jeffrey Fitzgerald 1

Torell Miller 1

KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Lg

Brandon Banks 39 1127 28.9 4 98

Keithen Valentine 7 135 19.3 0 30

Hansen Sekona 2 14 7.0 0 8

Daniel Thomas 1 25 25.0 0

Kevin Rohleder1 15 15.0 0

PUNT RETURNSNo. Yds Avg TD Lg

Brandon Banks 17 155 9.1 0 26

Tysyn Hartman 8 105 13.1 0 24

FIELD GOALSFG-A PctPAT-A Pct

Josh Cherry 12-20 60.0 27-30 90.0

Brandon Klimek 1-1 100.0 2-2 100.0

PUNTINGNo. Avg Lg TB FC In 20

Ryan Doerr 38 41.2 53 2 9 13

D.J. Fulhage 16 34.7 51 3 7 11

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