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K-State notes: Authorities find K-State’s Harvill

A multi-day search for Sam Harvill came to an end when he was located on Fort Riley Military Installation grounds shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Fort Riley personnel found Harvill and his vehicle and conducted a routine check. A news release issued by Riley County Police indicated he was found in “good condition and required no immediate assistance.”

When they discovered he had been reported missing, his next of kin was notified and Riley County Police canceled its attempt to locate Harvill. They began searching for him when his mother reported he hadn’t been seen since 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Harvill was considered a member of the Kansas State football team earlier in the week, but a team spokesman said he was no longer part of the program on Saturday. His future with the Wildcats is not certain, but he has not been listed on the roster since spring practices ended.

Harvill came to K-State from Springdale, Ark., last summer. He was practicing with the team but was injured and did not play in any games.

Missing from practice — A handful of players listed on Kansas State’s roster were not present for the Wildcats’ annual public football practice on Saturday.

Freshman quarterback Tavarius Bender, who was expected to compete with Daniel Sams for the backup spot behind Collin Klein, was nowhere to be found. Neither were freshman offensive lineman Boston Stiverson, junior offensive lineman Ellwood Clement and junior defensive lineman Chaquil Reed.

Clement and Reed are junior-college transfers who were not present for the start of preseason practices earlier this month. Stiverson and Bender both participated in spring practices.

K-State football coach Bill Snyder didn’t address their absences following the event, and a team spokesman had no comment.

Present and accounted for — On the opposite end of the spectrum, two players who failed to make it for the start of fall training camp were in uniform. Defensive lineman Hakeem Akinola, a junior-college transfer, was seen rotating in with the first-team defense, and freshman Demonte Hood also participated in drills.

Depth chart — K-State’s starting offensive line appears set. Cornelius Lucas took the majority of reps with the first-team offense at left tackle, Nick Puetz played alongside him at left guard, B.J. Finney was at center, Keenan Taylor was at right guard and Cody Whitehair played right tackle. Junior-college transfer Tavon Rooks took occasional snaps at guard. He could still earn a starting spot.

On the defensive line, Meshak Williams and Adam Davis played more than anyone on the ends with John Sua and Akinola splitting time at tackle next to Vai Lutui.

In other notable position battles, Justin Tuggle spent a lot of time in drills at linebacker with the first team defense, and Jarard Milo saw a lot of time at safety.

Construction zone — Construction on the expansion of Snyder Family Stadium is well under way. Two cranes towered above the press box on Saturday, and the old souvenir store on the west side of the stadium has been demolished. Construction will continue through the season in hopes the project will be finished by Aug. 31, 2013.

That means fans will have to adjust to a messy concourse. K-State will be opening up restrooms in Bramlage Coliseum and selling souvenirs out of a tent.

“With any kind of construction and forward progress you always need a little patience,” K-State athletic director John Currie said. “We ask folks to be just a little bit patient on the west side navigating the temporary fencing and platforms that we will have.”

Currie said K-State has raised more than $50 million of the $75 million needed for the project.

Practice facility — Both Currie and K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber said the new basketball practice facility located east of Bramlage Coliseum is on schedule to open in early October.

Brazilian memories — Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez led all K-State scorers with 10.3 points per game during four exhibition games in Brazil, while Adrian Diaz, Rodney McGruder and Nino Williams all averaged more than nine points per game.

Weber said he was impressed with the way Rodriguez led the offense as a point guard, and how hard Diaz worked to score near the basket. He also complimented Williams and freshman D.J. Johnson.

On the negative side, Weber said K-State’s inside players struggled to adapt to the international style of play and needed to be in better shape to get up and down the court with a 24-second shot clock. He also said passing and ball-handling will be a point of emphasis moving forward.

The trip gave him a lot to think about heading into preseason practices.

“Overall, I thought It was a good trip,” Weber said. “I learned a lot about the guys.”

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