Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fresh Prince parody, starring Kansas State’s Shane Southwell, goes viral

The video Kansas State showed during Madness in Manhattan last week starring Shane Southwell as the Fresh Prince of Manhattan has gone viral in the past few days.

With more than 19,000 views as of Monday morning, the video has been gaining popularity online. It’s easy to see why. The video, which plays off of Southwell’s resemblance of Will Smith, is a parody of the old TV show the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it. If you you have seen it, here’s your chance to watch it again.

Sunday Rewind: Kansas State finds passing groove in 35-12 victory over West Virginia

Kansas State put Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson to good use on Saturday. The Wildcats’ top two receivers combined for four touchdowns.

This was definitely a crossroads game for Kansas State. A loss would have made it very difficult for the Wildcats to keep their spirits up and to reach bowl eligibility. Instead, they pounded West Virginia in the second half for a 35-12 victory and now go into their final five games with momentum.

Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett were back on the field together for the first time in a month. Jake Waters looked like the quarterback who originally won the starting quarterback job in the preseason. And K-State looked like a new team.

Here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Combo guard Tre Harris picks Kansas State

Tre Harris, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, enjoyed his official visit to Kansas State so much that he gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats late Saturday night.

Harris is originally from Edwardsville, Ill. but currently plays basketball at Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia. Harris was lightly recruited out of high school and doesn’t even have a profile on Rivals. He chose to attend prep school in order to improve his body and earn more scholarship offers. The plan paid off, as he received interest from Toledo, Delaware and K-State. After visiting all three schools, he decided K-State was the obvious choice.

“I liked everything about Kansas State,” Harris said by phone Sunday morning while traveling home from Manhattan. “Coach (Bruce) Weber and his coaching staff are some guys who know what they are doing. The school has had success and is coming off the Big 12 championship. It’s a good spot in a good conference in the highest level in the country. That is probably what got me here.”
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Madness in Manhattan was a success, but will it be back next year?

Madness in Manhattan ran longer than expected last night, so I had to file my story from the event before it ended to meet our print deadline.

Here a few more notes worth passing along.

– Overall, Madness in Manhattan was a success. An estimated crowd of 5,500 turned out for the basketball kickoff party, and fans lined up in long lines before the doors opened at Bramlage Coliseum to get the best seats.

K-State has held October basketball celebrations sporadically in the past. If the dates line up and the Wildcats can have a basketball night on Friday followed by a home football game on Saturday, they consider it. If not, they don’t worry about it.

This was the first Madness in Manhattan of the Bruce Weber era. Does he want to turn it into a yearly event?

“It’s a hard thing,” Weber said. “You obviously don’t make any money from it. It’s more of a fan-friendly thing. The players like it. It’s good for recruiting. We will see. If they want to keep doing it and they are going to be creative, it’s all right.”
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Football Friday: Mid-season awards, healthy receivers, a starting 5 and Halloween advice

It’s time for another Football Friday. Who else is excited?

I thought about handing out some mid-season awards as a build-up to the questions this week, but then someone sent along an e-mail asking for a mid-season MVP. So, no intro needed. Let’s get to the questions.

That’s a tough one. It’s hard to name a MVP with K-State off to a 2-4 start, quarterbacks coming in and out and key players suffering injuries. A case could be made for Tyler Lockett, Daniel Sams, Blake Slaughter, Ryan Mueller and maybe even a few others.

I’m inclined to choose Lockett. Even though he has missed two games with a hamstring injury he ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 475 receiving yards and set a single-game program record with 237 receiving yards at Texas. Those numbers are too good to ignore, plus he has developed into a strong leader.

On the defensive side of the ball, I would narrowly choose Mueller over Slaughter. Mueller leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and three quarterback hurries. And when he makes a big play, it is highlight worthy.
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When healthy, Kansas State expects a lot from Tramaine Thompson, Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson are expected to return to Kansas State’s lineup on Saturday. The Wildcats missed them while they were out.

Kansas State looked like a different football team without Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson.

That was to be expected, of course. Not only did the Wildcats have to get by without their top two receivers, they were also down their top two returners. With them on the sidelines the past two games, K-State has been unable to throw the ball deep or aggressively return kicks and punts.

Lockett, a junior captain, and Thompson, a senior speedster, are both expected to play against West Virginia on Saturday. The Wildcats will welcome their return in several areas.

Here is a statistical look at the impact they have made on games this season:
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The Week Ahead: Kansas State looking for confidence-boosting win vs. West Virginia

Kansas State’s hopes of a second-half turnaround begin on Saturday against West Virginia.

The first half of the season didn’t go the way Kansas State hoped it would.

First came an unexpected loss to North Dakota State. Next came narrow defeats against Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. The result is a 2-4 overall record and three-straight losses in Big 12.

With a favorable closing schedule, the Wildcats are hoping for a stronger second half and another trip to a bowl game. Both certainly seem possible. They have the look of an improving football team (fourth-quarter leads over ranked teams in back-to-back games and solid defensive numbers) but they need to learn how to win close games.

The journey begins on Saturday against West Virginia, a team that has looked excellent at home and shaky on the road.

Here is a look at that and everything else you need to know about the week ahead:
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Kansas State lands O-lineman Alec Ruth

Alec Ruth, a two-star offensive lineman, verbally committed to Kansas State on Friday. He announced the decision on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 298-pound tackle from Highlands Ranch, Colo., chose the Wildcats over Oregon State, San Diego State, Northern Colorado and a few others. He becomes the 16th known member of K-State’s 2014 recruiting class.

Football Friday: Can Kansas State go 7-5?

It’s time for another Football Friday. Thanks again for all the questions. Let’s get right to them:

I think K-State’s final record will be 6-6. This is a team that has held a fourth-quarter lead in five of its games. This is a team that came close to pulling off upsets against ranked teams in back-to-back weeks. This is a team that isn’t far away from 4-2 or even 5-1. I think the Wildcats are getting better and will finish the season much stronger than they started it.

But they also haven’t won a close game yet, which is sometimes the hardest thing for young teams to learn how to do. So it’s not like a bowl game is assured. Best case, I see the Wildcats finishing 7-5. Worst case, I see 4-8.

Anything could happen. For fun, let’s breakdown the remaining schedule.
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Bill Snyder sends letter to Kansas State students thanking them for their “continued support during this difficult time”

Kansas State is off to a 2-4 start, but the Wildcats have played their home games in front of large and noisy crowds.

For that reason, Bill Snyder sent a digital letter to the K-State student body this week thanking them for their “continued support during this difficult time.”

Snyder sent out a similar letter to fans in 2009, when K-State started the year with a lackluster win over Massachusetts in Snyder’s first game out of retirement.