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Bill Snyder expects senior safety Dante Barnett back next season

K-State defensive back Dante Barnett tries to tackle Baylor running back Johnny Jefferson.(December 6, 2014)
K-State defensive back Dante Barnett tries to tackle Baylor running back Johnny Jefferson.(December 6, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State doesn’t list Dante Barnett as one of the 18 players it will honor during a senior day ceremony before the Wildcats’ final regular season football game against West Virginia on Saturday.

Why?

Bill Snyder expects the senior safety to receive a medical redshirt and return for a fifth season.

“The injury to Dante will provide him, in all likelihood, with the opportunity to come back and play again,” Snyder said.

Barnett was a preseason all Big 12 selection, but he hasn’t played since the opener against South Dakota. The Tulsa native suffered an injury on an awkward tackle before halftime and has watched every game from the sideline since.

He could decide to take his chances in the NFL Draft or explore his options as a graduate transfer, but Barnett’s exclusion from senior day is a strong indicator he intends to return if the NCAA allows him to do so. He has not spoken with media since the season began.

Barnett would provide a boost to K-State’s secondary next season. He made 146 tackles and seven interceptions in his first three seasons. He was expected to lead the Wildcats on defense this year.

Another senior that will miss senior day is defensive back Danzel McDaniel. Snyder said McDaniel is no longer on the team. He suffered a season-ending injury against TCU.

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