Farewell to … three solid linemen

Editor’s Note: The Kansas State football team is about to lose several key seniors to graduation. In the coming weeks, we will bid farewell to many of them. In this edition: Wade Weibert, Zach Kendall and Kenneth Mayfield.

The middle of Kansas State’s offensive line is going to look a lot different next year.

Center Wade Weibert and guards Zach Kendall and Kenneth Mayfield are all graduating, leaving a big gap in the Wildcats’ roster that needs to be filled.

All three were excellent run blockers and team leaders as seniors. They paved the way up front for Daniel Thomas to run for big yardage, and were always dependable in the locker room. How K-State goes about replacing them will be key throughout spring and summer practices.

Mayfield started all 12 games in 2010 and was named the team’s top offensive lineman at the postseason awards banquet.

Kendall was a strong blocker, a second-team All-Big 12 selection and one of the team’s most outspoken players. He never passed on the chance to speak in the huddle or after a game. He was physical on the field, and always fought for his teammates.

Weibert was one of the Big 12′s top centers and a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy. He grew up as a giant K-State fan, and was overjoyed to help the Wildcats reach the Pinstripe Bowl. He was one of the nicest players on the team, and had to train himself to be forceful with his teammates in practices.

With transfer Bryce Brown becoming eligible next year, most believe the Wildcats will once again be a formidable running team in 2011.

But he will need three capable blockers to replace Weibert, Kendall and Mayfield.

They were staples on K-State’s offense as seniors.