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ESPN's Jake Trotter writes that Kansas State freshman LB Daniel Green "was a huge signing day coup for the Wildcats."

"Given that K-State will be breaking in a completely new linebacking corps," Trotter writes, "Green could follow in the footsteps of Elijah Lee as the next true-freshman linebacker to garner playing time." The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder offers legitimate straight-line speed and an aggressive head for the game. Along with Green, Sam Sizelove, Trent Tanking and Kirby Jayd are linebacking pieces HC Bill Snyder will be playing around with in August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 7:25 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore DE Reggie Walker has the most TFL, sacks and fumble recoveries of any returning Wildcat.

Walker was tremendous as a second-year freshman, posting 38 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered. That effort earned him a spot on the Freshman All-American team. With Elijah Lee and Jordan Willis off to the NFL, Walker will step into the spotlight this fall.
May 21 - 12:29 PM

Kansas State redshirt sophomore RB Alex Barnes rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Kansas State's offense did next to nothing in the spring contest -- they ended up losing 38-6, albeit with a slew of players sitting out either due to injury or simple rest/coach's decision. The 6-foot-1, 221-pound Barnes is coming off a 2016 season in which he rushed for 442 yards (7.9 YPC) and six touchdowns in 10 games played.
May 7 - 3:48 PM

When asked if he was 100% recovered from his diagnosis of throat cancer, Kansas State HC Bill Snyder said, "According to the doctors, it still takes a little while yet."

Snyder has been forced to cut back on his office hours this spring, but has remained a near-constant presence on the field during spring practice. He told reporters on Friday that he is feeling "fine," while also admitting that he is glad that the season is still several months distant. The 77-year-old Kansas State legend announced a diagnosis of throat cancer in February and has since finished up his treatments. During his 25 seasons at the helm of the Wildcats, Snyder has led his teams to a 202-105-1 record.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 12:58 PM

Vikings selected Kansas State OLB Elijah Lee with the No. 232 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Lee (6’3/229) turned pro after starting 2-of-3 seasons at K-State, tallying 18.5 career tackles for loss with 11 sacks, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Lee shined at the Wildcats’ Pro Day with a 4.72 forty, 38-inch vertical, and 7.05 three-cone time. On college tape, Lee popped on passing downs as an explosive pursuit player and flashed high-end pass-coverage chops. He deserved more buzz during the pre-draft phase.
Apr 29 - 6:06 PM

Bengals selected Kansas State DE Jordan Willis with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Willis (6’4/255) was a 39-game starter at K-State, placing third in school history in sacks (26) and sack yards (164) with 40.5 career tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. Willis earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. A high-motor edge presence, PFF College charted Willis with the second most QB pressures (80) in the nation in 2016, noting his explosive get-off and bull rush. Willis also posted a 94th-percentile SPARQ score in Indy. Willis has limitations in space and run defense, but his pass-rush skills are inarguable. We were shocked he didn’t generate more pre-draft buzz.
Apr 28 - 10:03 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini believes the Jets might be interested in Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis on Day 2.

The Jets have three picks on Friday's Day 2, one in Rd. 2 (39) and two in Rd. 3 (70 and 107). Willis would play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder had a tremendous NFL Combine, posting a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical leap and a 6.85-second time in the three-cone drill.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 4:53 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis to Cleveland Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah.

"The immense size and explosion that Ogbah and Willis possess were more than enough to beat up on right tackles in the Big 12," writes the PFF analysis team. "The refined skillset it takes to do the same at the NFL level though isn’t quite there at this point." Late last month, Walter Football ran an informal poll to gauge just what Willis' draft range might be. The five teams in that poll rang in with answers ranging from mid-second round (most optimistic) to fourth/fifth round (least optimistic). The Buccaneers are one team that has kept a close eye on the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder during the evaluating process, having put him through a private workout and also hosting him for a visit.
Apr 22 - 1:07 PM

Kansas State HC Bill Snyder called redshirt junior QB Jesse Ertz (shoulder) the "odds on favorite" to start in 2017.

Ertz is making his way back from shoulder surgery, but should be healthy come the start of August camp. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder threw for 1,755 yards with a 9/4 TD/INT ratio in 13 games. He also rushed for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns. Should Ertz suffer a setback in his recovery, redshirt sophomore QB Alex Delton and redshirt freshman QB Skylar Thompson would be two names to watch. Snyder singled both players out as strong spring performers.
Apr 18 - 4:13 PM

Kansas State hired Iowa deputy athletic director Gene Taylor to serve as athletic director.

Taylor has been with Iowa for the last three seasons. Prior to his years in Iowa City, he helped to build up the FCS star destroyer that is North Dakota State. In a statement, the 58-year-old said, "We are excited to get to Manhattan, and I look forward to meeting our student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters and helping them build upon the across-the-board success that K-State has attained." At Kansas State, he replaces outgoing athletic director John Currie, who has accepted the same job at Tennessee.
Apr 15 - 12:50 PM

Former Kansas State basketball player and NFL TE hopeful D.J. Johnson has a visit scheduled with the Chiefs.

The 6-foot-9, 237-pound Johnson is a massive specimen who started at power forward for the Wildcats this past season and averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. The Chiefs have walked this path for tight ends before, having signed former Wisconsin-Milwaukee baller Demetrius Harris as a tight end in 2013 and doing likewise with Penn State's Ross Travis in 2015. Johnson has already reportedly worked out for the Bears as he tries to make his case for an NFL roster spot. He has been ruled to be a free agent, rather than a draft-eligible commodity.
Apr 13 - 5:29 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Willis paid a visit to the 49ers last week. In each of his past two mocks, Pauline has pegged the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder to the Cowboys in the second round at pick No. 60, though he does have his doubts as to whether Willis will be available at that slot. In an informal poll of five NFL teams by Walter Football regarding his draft stock near the end of March, the outlet received answers ranging from the second round to the fifth round.
Apr 13 - 4:11 PM

Kansas State redshirt junior QB Jesse Ertz (shoulder) is unlikely to take part in spring practice.

While Ertz continues to recover from shoulder surgery, he might not be that far from full health. Kansas State HC Bill Snyder said that it is possible that the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder will be medically cleared by the time of the Wildcats' spring game on April 22. Clearance does not necessarily mean that he will participate, but would be a great sign for his progress. This past season, Ertz threw for 1,755 yards and posted a 9/4 TD/INT ratio in 13 games. Modest numbers through the air to be sure, but the redshirt junior excelled as a running threat, racking up 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
Apr 4 - 7:07 PM

Kansas State HC Bill Snyder (cancer) has been on the field for the Wildcats' first four practices this spring.

Snyder, 77, announced that he was undergoing treatments for throat cancer in mid-February. ""I'm finished with all the treatments, just kind of going through the after-effects now. Then you get tested again down the road, a few months," Snyder said this spring. "I think the hardest part is the after-effects that come with it." Snyder won't be spending as much time in the office during the coming season, but expects to be able to coach in 2017. His Wildcats capped off an 8-4 regular season in 2016 with a bowl win over Texas A&M. Upper classman LB Trent Tanking spoke to the inspiration the team receives from Snyder's dedication. "We work a lot and coach still works even more than us," he said. "It just give us motivation to do even more to get ready."
Source: USA Today
Apr 4 - 6:00 PM

In an informal poll of five NFL teams conducted by Walter Football, the draft projections for Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis ranged from the second to the fifth round.

The most bullish of these five teams is viewing Willis as a pick for the middle of the second round. The others were slightly more conservative, with two teams tabbing the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder as a late second round, early third round selection, another viewing him as a fourth- or fifth-rounder and one last entrant seeing Willis as a third-rounder. He has private workouts scheduled with the Bucs and Eagles for the near future and has already held one such workout with the Jaguars. While Walter Football's is hearing plenty of third-round talk, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that he will be drafted in the first half of the second round.
Mar 26 - 2:27 PM


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