The Royal Sampler: Zach Trujillo, KSU volleyball at Hurricane Invitational, Links


Kansas State sophomore tight end Zach Trujillo has one heck of a memory for his first catch as a Wildcat – a mistake in personnel set up his 58-yard catch-and-run in last Saturday’s 52-13 victory over Miami.

The play called for fullback Braden Wilson to be on the field, but when the Wildcats got in the huddle, starting tight end Travis Tannahill noticed it was just he and Trujillo.

“Well the play actually should have gone to me,” Tannahill joked. “The running backs, fullbacks and tight ends all meet as a group together so I knew what to do.”

Tannahill lined up at fullback and Klein found Trujillo, who played mainly on special teams and two tight-end sets last year. It’s actually his fourth year with the program after using a greyshirt in 2009 and redshirting in 2010.

“I was 10-15 yards behind him, running down the field,” Tannahill said. “I was really happy for him … and you could see he’s a little lighter so he’s got a step or two on me and Andre (McDonald).”

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Here’s my story on the 19th-ranked Wildcats that’s up at – I was able to attend practice at Ahearn on Tuesday after K-State coach Suzie Fritz and junior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger came to the Big 8 room to do interviews before ┬áthe football presser. We all know how tough the Big 12 is – but matches at the Hurricane Invitational in Tulsa against No. 20 Dayton and No. 10 Minnesota will go a long way toward determine if K-State’s 9-0 start is for real. With all the starters back off last year’s NCAA regional semifinal team I’d bet on them being a force in league play.


-The preseason men’s NIT schedule was announced Tuesday – K-State opens against Lamar in Manhattan on Nov. 12. Alabama-Huntsville and North Texas are the other teams in K-State’s regional. Also, 6-foot-9 recruit Matthew Atewe will take his official visit to K-State this weekend.

-Former Hurricane Dan Sileo went on a pretty incredible rant after Miami’s dismantling by Kansas State.

-North Texas defensive end Brandon McCoy might miss Saturday’s game – it would be his second in a row after getting hurt against LSU.