6-2, 185, 4L
Bakersfield, Calif. (Centenial HS)
2003 (Senior): Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches... K-State’s 2003 Sprcial Teams MVP... Started all 15 games at punter... Also backed up Joe Rheem on field goals and extra-points, while sharing kickoff duties... Ranked 49th nationally in punting with 41.6-yard average on 68 punts... Placed 23 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line... Finished career fifth in school history in punting average (41.2)... May have been K-State’s early MVP of the Big 12 Championship game (12/6), booting the Wildcats out of early danger by averaging 42.4 yards on three punts, including a game-long 56 yarder out of his own end zone... Also made a key tackle on punt coverage near mid-field to halt a potential long return by OU’s Antonio Perkins... Finished the Oklahoma game by averaging 42.4 yards on seven punts, with two placed inside the 20... Had a strong outing in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2), averaging 45.7 yards on seven punts with three 50+ yard boots... Averaged 49.0 yards on three punts against Nebraska (11/15), including a 63-yard kick... It was his fourth 60+ yard punt this season... Averaged 46.0 yards on four punts against Kansas (10/25), including a 54-yard kick... Averaged 54.8 yards on four punts against Colorado (10/18), including a career-best 69-yard blast... Averaged over 60 yards on five kickoffs against Oklahoma State (10/11)... Averaged a career-best 50.2 yards on four punts against Troy State (8/30), placing three inside the 20... Connected on 20-of-24 PATs and booted four field goals for 32 career points.
2002 (Junior): Shared place-kicking duties with Joe Rheem and handled kickoffs in all 13 games... Totaled 18 points, going 2-for-4 on field goal attempts and 12-of-15 on PATs... Of his 78 kickoffs, 30 went for touchbacks (38 percent), including at least one in 11 of 13 games... Totaled six touchbacks in games against Kansas (11/2) and Iowa State (11/9)... Connected on season-long 35-yard field goals against Southern California (9/21) and Colorado (10/5)... Perfect on PATs in five games, including a 4-for-4 effort against Colorado.
2001 (Sophomore): Saw action in four games as both a punter and place-kicker... Averaged 40.7 yards on 18 punts... Connected on five punts of 50 or more yards, including a career-best 59-yarder against Texas A&M (10/20)... Placed three punts inside the 20-yard line... Totaled nine points on the year, going 2-for-3 on field goal attempts and 3-for-4 on PATs... Produced a stellar all-around game both punting and kicking against USC (9/8)... Averaged 43.1 yards on a season-high eight punts, including a pair of 50-yarders, with one inside the 20-yard line... Connected on his first career field goal with a 41-yarder and added an extra point... K-State coaches’ co-Special Teams Player of the Game for his performance against USC... Went 2-for-2 in PATs against Texas A&M... Also performed well against Texas Tech (10/13), averaging 38.7 yards on seven punts... Had two 50-yard punts against the Red Raiders, including a 53-yarder, and placed one inside the 20-yard line.
2000 (Freshman): Had two punts for 62 yards, both downed inside the 20, vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship (12/2)... One punt for 41 yards at Kansas (10/7)... One punt for 44 yards in punting debut vs. North Texas (9/23)... Was 5-for-5 on PATs in first action as a place-kicker vs Ball State (9/16).
Centennial HS: Was a two-year starter in both football and baseball for the Goldenhawks... 87 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks... Made 11 of 15 field goals with long of 48 yards... Averaged 45.2 yards per punt... Was the KGE-TV Football Athlete of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year in 1999 ... First team All-Southwest Yosemite League and all-area pick as place-kicker and punter in 1999... 1999 PrepStar All-American as the third-ranked punter/place-kicker in the West... PrepStar preseason All-American... High school football coach was Kevin Sneed... Batted .471 in baseball as a junior ... His fastball was clocked at 95 mph... Ranked among the top 50 baseball prospects in the nation by Baseball America... High school baseball coach was Randy Roberts.
Personal: Born Feb. 20, 1982... Parents are Mike and Larayne Brite... Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Chosen to play on the 2000 USA Baseball Junior National Team that traveled to Mexico for the Pan American Championships.
Career Statistics - Punting
Year G No. Yards Avg LP TB FC 50+ I20
2000 5 4 147 36.8 44 0 0 0 3
2001 4 18 733 40.7 59 2 0 5 3
2002 13 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 15 68 2830 41.6 69 8 5 19 23
TOTAL 37 90 3710 41.2 69 10 5 24 29
Career-highs - Punts: 8 vs. USC (9/8/01); Average (min. 3): 54.8 vs. Colorado (10/18/03); Yards: 345 vs. USC (9/8/01); Long punt: 69 vs. Colorado (10/18/03).
Career Statistics - Kicking
Year G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FG PAT Pts
2000 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 5-5 5
2001 4 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-0 2-3 3-4 9
2002 13 0-0 0-0 2-3 0-1 0-0 2-4 12-15 18
2003 14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
TOTAL 37 0-0 1-1 2-4 1-2 0-0 4-7 20-24 32
Career-highs - PAT kicks: 5-for-5 vs. North Texas (9/23/00); Consecutive PAT kicks: 7 (9/14 - 10/5/02); FGs: 1, four times, last vs. Colorado (10/5/02); Long FG: 41 vs. USC (9/8/01); Points: 7 at Colorado (10/5/02).
6-0, 210, 4L
Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
2003 (Senior): Voted a team captain and team representative by his teammates... Selected as an All-American by four organizations, including first team by The Sporting News, second team by Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press and honorable mention by Rivals.com... Named one of 11 semifinalist for the Butkus Award... Earned consensus first team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches, Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, ESPN.com and College Football News... K-State’s defensive MVP... The Big 12's leading tackler with 12.3 per game and 184 on the season... His 184 total tackles were a Kansas State single-season record and the most recorded by any player in NCAA Division I during 2003, while his per-game tackle average ranked eighth nationally... Finished his collegiate career with 398 career tackles, good for fourth on K-State's all-time tackles chart... Ranks sixth in career tackles in Big 12 history... Started all 15 games at outside linebacker during 2003... Registered starts in 37 of K-State's last 40 games, including 32 straight dating back to 2001 against Nebraska (11/10/01)... Hit double figures in tackles in 12 of 15 games during 2003 and 19 of the last 28 games overall...Finished with a game-high 13 stops (all solo) in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2)... Had 10 total tackles vs. Oklahoma (12/6) in the Big 12 Championship game... Just missed double digits at Nebraska (11/15) with eight stops... Credited with five total tackles vs. Missouri (11/22)... Saw his streak of double-digit tackles end at 10 against Iowa State (11/8), receiving credit for nine stops... With his 10-solo effort against Colorado (10/18), he moved past Gary Spani (200; 1974-77) and Jarrod Cooper (197; 1997-2000) into second in solo stops... Finished with 247 in his career, just four shy of K-State's all-time leader Mark Simoneau (251; 1996-99)... Surpassed 100 assisted tackle barrier against Massachusetts (9/13) and has broke into the top 10 in the category vs. Oklahoma... Of his total tackles, 387 have come in the last 39 games (9.9 per game), including 319 in last 27 contests (11.8 per game)... Has 28 tackles-for-loss in his career for 76 yards, including 11 in 2003... Wrapped up 2003 ranked second in single-season unassisted tackles (96), falling just one short of Barton Hundley's school record (97, 1984)... Led the squad in tackles in 12 of 15 contests... Tied his career-high in tackles for three straight weeks with 18 each against Marshall (9/20), Massachusetts (9/13) and McNeese State (9/7)... Tabbed the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after his 18-tackle performance against UMass... Paced the team in both solo and assisted tackles against California (8/23), McNeese State, Massachusetts and Baylor... Named a preseason All-American by Street & Smith's.
2002 (Junior): First Team All-Big 12 Selection by the Dallas Morning News... Second Team All-Big 12 choice by Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman and Kansas City Star... Received third team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches... Winner of Ken Ochs Courage Award... Started all 13 games at one outside linebacker spot... Finished the year T11th on K-State's single-season tackles list with 135 and second on the single-season unassisted tackles chart with 77... Team leader in tackles, solo and assisted (58)... One of only four Wildcats with a double-figure game in tackles... Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in a game in eight of the Wildcats' 13 contests... Recorded double-figure tackles in seven games... Led K-State with 17 tackles against Colorado, the most by a Wildcat during 2002... The first Wildcat since Monty Beisel (102 in 2000) to reach the 100-tackle mark in a season... His 135 stops were the most since Kirby Hocutt led the 'Cats with 135 in 1993... Had 10 or more tackles against Western Kentucky (8/31), Eastern Illinois (9/14), Colorado (10/5), Texas (10/19), Baylor (10/26) and Kansas (11/2)... Only Wildcat to register a double-digit unassisted tackle game (at Colorado, 10, and Baylor, 13)... Credited with a career-high 13 solo stops and a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss, including his lone sack of the year, in win at Baylor... Had five or more assisted tackles in eight of 13 games... Fourth on the team (second among linebackers) in tackles for loss with 10 (-36)... Had a pair of tackles for loss (-2) against Texas (10/19)... Recovered a team-high three fumbles... Picked up eight interception yards on a lateral in the Louisiana-Monroe game.
2001 (Sophomore): Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the coaches... Saw action in all 11 games with eight starts at linebacker... Tied for third on the team with 68 total tackles... Was also third with 53 solo stops... His tackle count was second among LBs (trailing Ben Leber's 73)... Ranked third in the Big 12 and tops on the defense with two fumble recoveries... Collected double-digit tackles in two games with 13 at Nebraska (11/10) and 10 vs. Missouri (11/24)... Twice led the team in tackles with eight at USC (9/8) and 10 vs. Missouri... Three times was named the K-State coaches' Defensive Player of the Game (Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri)... Credited with a game-high eight tackles in first career start against USC... Posted his first fumble recovery against New Mexico State (9/22) to go with five tackles... Against Colorado (10/6) had seven tackles, including five solo stops... Had seven solo tackles, including one TFL against Kansas... Solid all-around performance at Iowa State (11/3), picking up his first career sack to go with his second fumble recovery and one PBU... Had a season-high 13 total tackles at Nebraska, including a career-best 11 solo stops... Tallied 10 tackles in the season finale against Missouri, including nine solo tackles.
2000 (Reshirt Freshman): Appeared in 13 games... Finished season with 11 tackles as backup linebacker... Had 8 unassisted stops... Best game of season was 0-3-3 outing against Ball State... Had two solo tackles vs. Louisiana Tech and Missouri... Credited with one tackle for loss.
1999 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Mesquite North HS: Co-Defensive Player of the Year among District 10-5A players... Semifinalist for the 5A Texas state defensive player of the year... USA Today honorable mention All-USA pick... Lettered three times and was a two-year starter... First team all-district and second team all-area as a junior... First team all-district, first team all-area and all-city pick as a senior... Superprep All-Southwest selection... Ranked as the No. 3 weakside linebacker in the Big 12 region, and one of the top 10 weakside linebackers in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor... First team All-Big 12 Region pick by PrepStar ... Totaled 156 tackles, including three games with at least 20 tackles, as a junior... Had 128 tackles as a senior... High school coach was Buster Leaf... Lettered in track three times.
Personal: Born May 4, 1981... Parents are Charles and Denise Upchurch... Cousin, Trone Smith, played with the Denver Broncos... Joined North HS teammates Corey White and Bryan Hickman in the K-State 1999 recruiting class.
Bowl Performances: Credited with one solo tackle in Wildcats' victory over Tennessee in the 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl... Started at outside linebacker in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl... Credited with nine tackles, including five solo stops vs. Syracuse... Also recorded two tackles for loss and blocked a pair of extra points vs. the Orangemen... Had 3-1-4 chart vs. Arizona State in 2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... Credited with a game-high 13 solo stops in the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.
Buhl Career Statistics - Defense
Year G UA-AT-TT TFL-Yds Sack INT PD FF FR
2000 12 8-3-11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2001 11 53-15-68 4-20 1-16 0 1 0 2-0
2002 13 77-58-135 10-36 1-10 0 1 1 3-0
2003 15 109-75-184 12-20 1-0 0 3 0 2-0
TOTAL 51 247-151-398 27-77 3-26 0 5 1 7-0
Career-highs - Tackles: 18, three times. last vs. Marshall (9/20/03); Solos: 13, three times. last vs. Ohio State (1/2/04); TFL: 4.5 at Baylor (10/26/02); Sacks: 1, three times. last vs. Missouri (11/22/03).
6-3, 220, 3L
Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
2003 (Senior): Earned second team All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press and San Antonio Express-News... Also named to the honorable mention All-Big 12 team by the league's coaches... Started 14 games at outside linebacker... Saw his streak of consecutive starts end at 22 by missing the Baylor game (11/1), but returned to the starting lineup against Iowa State (11/8)... Credited with 107 total tackles to rank second on the team... One of three Wildcats and only 15 players in the Big 12 to record 100-plus tackles during 2003... Finished his K-State career with 200 total stops... Also ranked second on the team in assisted (45) and tackles-for-loss (13), and was third in solo stops (62)... Had four sacks on the year to go with five break-ups, one quarterback hurry and one interception... Credited with three total tackles, including a two-yard tackle for loss in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2)... Had six total tackles and two pass break-ups in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Oklahoma (12/6)... Led in tackles for the second straight week against Missouri (11/22) with seven, including seven solo stops... Named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following his team-leading 10-tackle effort that helped K-State secure its first win at Nebraska (11/15) since 1968... Also added a key third-quarter sack and forced fumble that turned the tide of the game vs. the Cornhuskers... Had seven tackles, including a team-best three for loss, at Iowa State along with one hurry... Totaled four tackles against Kansas (10/25), including one for loss... Registered five tackles against Colorado (10/18), with one for loss... Credited with seven tackles against Oklahoma State (10/11), including one for loss... One of three Wildcats with double-digit tackles against Texas (10/4) with 10... Tied with Matt Butler for second with 15 tackles against Marshall (9/20), including a team-best 10 assisted stops, two tackles-for-loss and a sack for two yards... Finished behind Josh Buhl with a season-high 12 tackles against Massachusetts (9/13), including a season-best eight solo stops... Also picked up a sack against the Minutemen... Had one tackle-for-loss and a break-up against McNeese State (9/6)... Eclipsed 100 career tackles with seven against Troy State (8/30), including a sack... Garnered his fourth career interception against the Trojans with a six-yard return.
2002 (Junior): Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by The Associated Press and the coaches... Named Most Improved Defensive Player on team... Started all 13 games... Fourth on the team in total tackles (47 solo) with 79... Fourth in solo stops and third in assists (32)... Third on the squad in tackles for loss with 13 (-55) and T5th in sacks with three (-28)... One of only four Wildcats with a double-figure game in tackles... Had a career-high 11 tackles, including a season-high nine solo stops, in a win over Iowa State (11/9)... Posted three double-figure tackle games in all... Had 10 tackles (5 solo) vs. Oklahoma State (10/12) and Texas (10/19)... Added a sack (-15) against the Cowboys... Also had five solo stops at Missouri (11/23) and vs. Eastern Illinois (9/14)... Nine tackles (5 solo) vs. Eastern Illinois... Seven tackles (5 solo) at Missouri... Six (4 solo) at Baylor (10/26)... Five (2 solo) at Colorado (10/5)... Four tackles vs. USC (9/21) and at Kansas (11/2)... Three tackles and a sack (-7) against Western Kentucky (8/31)... Three stops and a tackle-for-loss (-3) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/7)... Three tackles and a tackle-for-loss (-6) against Nebraska (11/16)... Had at least one tackle-for-loss in 11 of 12 games and had 1.5 at Baylor and vs. Iowa State...Only Wildcat other than a defensive back to have an interception... Had two picks against Oklahoma State (10/12), becoming the first K-State player to accomplish that feat since DeMarcus Faggins, who had two interceptions at Texas Tech on 10/13/01... Tied for second on the team with three interceptions for 19 yards... Had an 18 yard return against Oklahoma State... Credited with four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
2001 (Sophomore): Appeared in nine games with one start against Texas A&M (10/20)... Replaced Josh Buhl in the opening lineup vs. the Aggies... Collected 14 total tackles on the season, including 11 solo stops... Tallied a season-best four tackles, including a pair of solo stops, against Colorado (10/6)... Also recovered his first career fumble against the Buffaloes... Registered two solo tackles against Texas Tech (10/13) and Iowa State (11/3)... Had a TFL for minus one yard against Texas A&M (10/20).
2000 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in two games, but did not record any tackles.
1999 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
North Mesquite HS: Three-year letterman and two-year starter for the Stallions... An honorable mention all-district and an all-city pick as a junior... Was a first team all-district, first team all-area and first team all-city pick as a senior... Listed as a top 100 pick in Texas by the Dallas Morning News... Was his team's defensive MVP as a senior... SuperPrep All-Southwest selection... Rated the No. 5 strongside linebacker prospect in the Big 12 region by the National Recruiting Advisor... All-Big 12 Region pick by PrepStar... Totaled 147 tackles, including 111 solos and 10 tackles for loss in 1998... Also had seven sacks, caused five fumbles, recovered four fumbles and had two interceptions... Had 90 tackles, two recovered fumbles and one interception as a junior... High school coach was Buster Leaf.
Personal: Born Jan. 18, 1981... Parents are David and Angela Hickman.
Bowl Performances: Had three assisted tackles vs. Syracuse in 2001 Insight.com Bowl... Started and had 3-1-4 chart with 4-yard TFL and pass breakup in win over Arizona State in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... Finished with three tackles, including a two-yard tackle for loss, in the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.
Hickman Career Statistics - Defense
Year G UA-AT-TT TFL-Yds Sack INT PD FF FR
2000 2 0-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2001 9 11-3-14 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1-0
2002 13 47-32-79 13-55 4-28 3 8 1 1-0
2003 14 62-45-107 13-27 4-24 1 6 1 0-0
TOTAL 38 120-80-200 29-83 8-52 4 14 2 2-0
Career-highs - Tackles: 15 vs. Marshall (9/20/03); Solos: 9 vs. Iowa State (11/9/02); TFL: 3 at Iowa State (11/8/03); Sacks: 1, six times. Interceptions: 2 vs. Oklahoma State (10/12/02).
6-5, 260, 3L
Tulsa, Okla. (Hale HS)
2003 (Senior): Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press... Saw action in the last nine games of the year after missing the first six... Averaged 14.0 yards on seven receptions, totaling 98 yards and two touchdowns... Made four starts, all in the last five games of the year... Start at Iowa State (11/8) was his first since the 2002 Holiday Bowl (12/27/02)... Had one reception for 17 yards in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2)... Credited with a nine-yard reception in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Oklahoma (12/6)... Caught a nine-yard touchdown pass at Iowa State, the fourth touchdown of his career... Had one catch for a season-long 27 yards against Kansas (10/25)... Saw his first action of the year in the second quarter against Oklahoma State (10/11)... Collected two catches for 28 yards against the Cowboys, including a 16-yard touchdown.
2002 (Junior): Honorable mention All-Big 12 Selection by The Associated Press and coaches... Named Most Improved Offensive Player on team... Played in all 13 games with 12 starts as the team’s primary tight end... Started every game except Nebraska (11/16) when Cats used 3-WR set to open... K-State’s third-leading receiver with 294 yards on 17 catches, an average of 17.3 yards per reception... Ranked second behind Taco Wallace and James Terry with two touchdown catches... Had at least one catch in 10 of the 13 games, including two or more on five occasions... Tallied six catches of over 20 yards during the season, including a 30- and 36-yarder at Missouri (11/23)... Grabbed a pair of passes for 17 yards against Louisiana-Monroe... Caught his first touchdown pass on the season against Eastern Illinois (9/14) on a 19-yard reception from Marc Dunn in the first quarter... Had two catches for 23 yards against Southern California (9/21), including a 20-yard reception from Ell Roberson in the third quarter... Pulled down a then season-high 32-yard reception from Roberson in the third quarter against Colorado (10/5)... Made three catches for 22 yards against Texas (10/19), including a 15-yard reception from Roberson that tied the game in the fourth quarter... Posted a career-long catch of 56 yards against Iowa State (11/9), which represented the second-longest for the team during 2002... In all, he made three catches for a career-high 73 yards against the Cyclones... Had one catch for 23 yards in the win over Nebraska (11/16)... Had two receptions for 66 yards at Missouri, including his second-longest catch of the season of 36 yards in the third quarter.
2001 (Sophomore): Played in six games as a reserve tight end... Caught one pass for 21 yards vs. New Mexico State (9/22)...played in five of the last seven games.
2000 (Freshman): Saw limited time as backup tight end, playing in four games.
1999: Redshirt season.
Nathan Hale HS: All-Eastland Conference selection as a junior and senior... First team All-State by the Tulsa World and second team All-State by the Daily Oklahoman in 1998... Postseason All-America pick by PrepStar and Collegiate Sports of America... Listed as one of the top five tight ends in the Big 12 region by PrepStar... Selected to play in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star Game as a first team All-State pick by the OCA... SuperPrep All-Midlands selection... Rated as the top tight end prospect in Oklahoma by the National Recruiting Advisor... Led Hale with 23 receptions for 363 yards (15.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in 1998... Was a two-year starter for the Rangers, playing only as a junior and senior... High school football coach was Rick Patterson... Lettered three years in basketball, earning all-conference and all-district honors as a junior... Three-year letterman in tennis, earning all-conference, all-district and all-region honors... Two-year letterman in baseball earning all-conference and all-district honors... Helped Hale to state baseball championship in 1996 and to city football championship in 1998... Involved in several school-related activities including student council, a class officer, peer tutor and as a special education tutor.
Personal: Born Dec. 22, 1979... Parents are Curtis and Anja Hill.
Bowl Performances: Played but did not have stats in 2001 Cotton Bowl win over Tennessee... Did not appear vs. Syracuse in 2001 Insight.com Bowl... Started at TE, but did not have a catch vs. Arizona State in 2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
Hill Career Statistics - Receiving
Year G Rec Yds Avg. TD Long
2000 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
2001 6 1 21 21.0 0 0
2002 13 17 294 17.3 2 56
2003 9 7 98 14.0 2 27
TOTAL 32 25 413 16.5 4 56
Career-highs - Catches: 3, two times. last vs. Iowa State (11/9/02); Yards: 73 vs. Iowa State (11/9/02); TD: 1, four times. Long catch: 56 vs. Iowa State (11/9/02).
6-3, 260, 3L
Sanger, Texas (Sanger HS)
2003 (Senior): Perhaps the most underrated defensive end in the Big 12 Conference... Appeared in 14 games with 10 starts... Opened at right defensive end in each of the season’s last nine contests... Ranked ninth on the team in total tackles with 44, including six for loss (24)... Also had four sacks, two hurries and one blocked field goal on the year... Finished with two tackles, including one for loss, in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (1/2)... Did not receive credit for a tackle in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Oklahoma (12/6), but did lay a big hit on Sooner QB Jason White that forced a James McGill interception in the end zone... Collected five tackles, including four solos, against Missouri (11/22)... Turned in arguably his best defensive effort against Nebraska (11/15), matching his career-high with seven tackles to go with a blocked field goal attempt, a sack and a hurry... Had just one tackle against Iowa State (11/8), but it was a sack for five yards... Tallied three stops against Baylor (11/1), including two for loss and one sack... Posted three tackles against Kansas (10/25)... Totaled two tackles against Colorado (10/18)... Tied his career-high with seven tackles against Oklahoma State (10/11), including his first sack of the season... Credited with three stops and one hurry against Texas (10/4)... Nearly tripled his tackle total with a career-high seven stops against Marshall (9/20), including four solo... Recorded one tackle against Massachusetts (9/13) and two vs. McNeese State (9/6).
2002 (Junior): Finished 10th on the team (and third among defensive ends) in total tackles with 44 (15 solo)...10th in solo stops and T4th in assists with 29... Had a career-high seven tackles (3 solo) in a win at Kansas (11/2)... Tied a career high with three solo stops vs. the Jayhawks... Five tackles (1 solo) vs. Oklahoma State (10/12) and at Baylor (10/26)... Four tackles (2 solo) and half a sack (3) vs. Western Kentucky (8/31)... Four stops vs. Iowa State (11/9)... Four tackles (1 solo) vs. Texas (10/19)... Three stops and one half a tackle-for-loss (-1) against Louisiana-Monroe (9/7)... Three stops (2 solo) vs. Eastern Illinois (9/14)... Finished the regular season with two tackles each against Nebraska (11/16) and Missouri (11/23)... Credited with two pass breakups and a team-high 14 QB hurries... Played in all 13 games.
2001 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games on the defensive line, including starts at right end against Colorado (10/6) and Texas Tech (10/13)... Finished with 19 total tackles on the season, including 10 solo stops... Tied for third among linemen with five TFLs for 26 yards... Ranked fourth on the team and second among linemen with two sacks for 14 yards... Tops among linemen with 4 PBUs... Ranked fifth on the team with five QBHs... Turned in an all-around solid performance against Oklahoma (9/29), posting three TFLs for 17 yards, two QBHs and one PBU... Registered a season-high six tackles against Colorado, including a season-best three solo stops, and one QBH... Had a season-best three PBUs at Texas Tech... Added two TFLs for nine yards against the Red Raiders, including his first career sack.
2000 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared as a backup defensive lineman against Ball State... Did not have statistics.
1999 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Sanger HS: All-District 9-3A pick as a defensive end as a sophomore... All-district choice as defensive end and fullback as a junior... Two-time unanimous (junior and senior) all-district pick... All-area and honorable mention all-state pick as defensive end as a junior... All-area and second team all-state pick as a senior... Dallas Morning News Top 100 in state as a senior... Averaged 11.5 yards per carry and 13 tackles per game as a senior... Totaled 107 tackles, with four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries that season... High school coach was James Ivy.
Personal: Born Oct. 7, 1980... Father is Randall Houchin and mother is Liz Caldwell... Earned a total of 19 letters in high school, including three in football, four each in track, baseball and golf, three in basketball and one in powerlifting... Involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Farmers of America... Wife, Teri, gave birth to their second child (a boy, Karter) two days after the dramatic win at Nebraska in 2003... Also has a daughter, Kenedy.
Bowl Performances: Had a 5-yard quarterback sack as his only tackle in win over Arizona State in the 2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... Had two total tackles with one for loss in the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.
Houchin Career Statistics - Defense
Year G UA-AT-TT TFL-Yds Sack INT PD FF FR
2000 1 0-0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2001 10 10-9-19 5-26 2-13 0 4 0 0-0
2002 13 15-29-44 5-30 3-28 0 2 0 0-0
2003 13 24-18-42 5-24 4-24 0 0 0 0-0
TOTAL 37 49-56-105 15-80 9-65 0 6 0 0-0
Career-highs - Tackles: 7, four times. Solos: 6 at Nebraska (11/15/03); TFL: 3 at Oklahoma (9/29/01); Sacks: 1, seven times.
6-2, 175, 2L
Tulare, Calif. (Bakersfield College)
2003 (Senior): A third team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches... Started 14 games on the season at cornerback, including 12 in a row before missing the Missouri game (11/22)... Started 23 of 28 games during career dating back to the second game of 2002 against Louisiana-Monroe (9/7/02)... Ranked 10th overall and second among defensive backs in tackles with 42 tackles, including 29 solo stops... Had one tackle-for-loss... Collected his third interception of the season against Kansas (10/25)... Also recorded picks vs. Marshall (9/20) and Troy State (8/30)... Has seven total picks since the start of the 2002 season... Ranked second on the team with nine pass break-ups, including a team-best three against McNeese State (9/6)... Credited with a career-high seven tackles against Nebraska (11/15), including five solo stops... Earned one tackle vs. Ohio State (1/2) in the Fiesta Bowl... Had two solos in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Oklahoma (12/6) before being lifted in the third quarter... Posted two unassisted tackles against Iowa State (11/8)... Credited with four solo stops and two break-ups against Colorado (10/18)... Totaled four tackles and one break-up against Oklahoma State (10/11)... Had two stops against Texas (10/4), but was one of two primary cover men for All-American wideout Roy Williams, who was held to just three catches for 22 yards, nearly 75 yards under his average... Collected four tackles against Marshall, including two solo and one for loss... Credited with three tackles and one break-up against Massachusetts (9/13)... Led all defensive backs with five tackles against Troy State (8/30).
2002 (Junior): Eighth on the team (second among defensive backs) in total tackles with 46 (30 solo)... One of only four Wildcats with a double-figure tackle game... Credited with 10 tackles (7 solo) in a win over USC (9/21)... Had six tackles (4 solo) and a 93-yard blocked field-goal return for a score at Baylor... Recorded five stops (3 solo) vs. Nebraska (11/16) and Eastern Illinois (9/14)... Also had five tackles (2 solo) at Colorado (10/5)... Finished with four tackles (2 solo) in his debut as a Wildcat vs. Western Kentucky (8/31)... Third on the team in interceptions with three... Credited with seven pass breakups... Played in all 13 games, starting nine.
Bakersfield College: Ranked 42nd among non-high school prospects nationally by Rivals.com... Listed 23rd among top junior-college prospects nationally by JCFootball.com and second among cornerbacks... All-Western States Conference pick... Also participated in track and field... Renegades went 9-2 in 2001 and won Shrine Potato Bowl over Antelope Valley... BC was 9-1 in regular season in 2000... Junior college coach was Dallas Grider.
Tulare Union HS: Named league Defensive MVP... First team All-Valley selection and was a member of the all-area team... Also lettered in track and basketball... High school coach was Darren Bennett.
Personal: Born April 25, 1982, in Hayward, Calif... Parents are Randy Jordan and Tara Vann... Oldest of five children.
Bowl Performance: Credited with two solo tackles vs. Arizona State in 2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... One stop vs. Ohio State in 2003 Fiesta Bowl.
Jordan Career Statistics - Defense
Year G UA-AT-TT TFL-Yds Sack INT PD FF FR
2002 13 30-16-46 0-0 0-0 3 10 0 0-0
2003 14 29-13-42 1-3 0-0 3 12 0 0-0
TOTAL 27 59-29-89 1-3 0-0 6 22 0 0-0
Career-highs - Tackles: 10 vs. USC (9/21/02); Solos: 7 vs. USC (9/21/02); TFL: 1 vs. Marshall (9/20/03); Interceptions: 1, six times.
6-3, 270 2L
Waimanalo, Hawaii (City College of San Francisco)
2003 (Senior): A versatile reserve offensive lineman who earned playing time in six games behind 15-game starter and All-Big 12 performer Nick Leckey... Blocked for the ninth-ranked scoring offense (36.6 points) and rushing offense (228.6 yards/game) in the country... Helped Darren Sproles become the nation's leading rusher with 1,986 yards... Also helped Sproles set single-season and single game (273 yards vs. Missouri) K-State records.
2002 (Junior): Played in seven games on the offensive line, all as a reserve... Made first appearance on the two-deep following the Eastern Illinois (9/14) contest.
City College of San Francisco: Ranked 69th among non-high school prospects by Rivals.com... Listed 72nd in SuperPrep magazine's JuCo top 100... Started 24 straight games for the Rams, allowing only three sacks in two seasons... First team All-Golden Gate Conference as a sophomore... S.F. City was 24-0 over the past two seasons... Junior college coach was George Rush.
Kailua HS: Lettered all four seasons in football for the Surfriders... Second team all-conference selection who helped Kailua go 10-1 his senior season... Had 13 sacks on defense as a senior... High school coach was Darren Johnson.
Personal: Born Feb. 27, 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii... Parents are David Keaulana and Doreen Kamakea.
6-4, 285, 4L
Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
2003 (Senior): Named All-American by two organizations, including first team by ESPN.com and second team by Sports Illustrated... A Rimington Trophy finalist... Named first team All-Big 12 by the league coaches, The Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, ESPN.com and College Football News... Also selected second team All-Big 12 by the Austin American-Statesman... K-State’s Offensive Lineman of the Year... Started all 15 games at center during 2003... Finished his K-State career with 40 consecutive starts dating back to the first game of the 2001 season... All 13 starts during 2002 came at left guard... Made 41 total starts in his career, including two as a true freshman against Oklahoma and Texas Tech... Graded out at 87 percent for the 2003 regular season, a figure that led the team... Had 54 big hustle plays and 48 pancake blocks on the year... Blocked for the ninth-ranked scoring offense (36.6 points) and rushing offense (228.6 yards/game) in the country... K-State's offensive line also ranked first in the Big 12 in sack allowed per game (1.27)...Helped Darren Sproles become the nation's leading rusher with 1,986 yards... Also helped Sproles set single-season and single game (273 yards vs. Missouri) K-State records.... Named to the preseason 'Watch List" for a number of awards, including the Lombardi, Outland and Rimington Trophies... Selected to several preseason All-American lists, including Playboy (first team), Lindy's (first team), Street & Smith's (first team), Athlon (first team) and Sports Illustrated (first team)... Named the top center in the nation by Lindy's and No. 3 by The Sporting News in the preseason... Voted a team captain and team representative by his teammates during the spring.
2002 (Junior): First team All-American CBS SportsLine.com... First team All-Big 12 selection by The Associated Press, Austin American- Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star and Big 12 coaches... A member of the Lombardi watch list... Shared team's Outstanding O-Lineman team award with Thomas Barnett... Started all 13 games at left guard... Blocked for a running game that broke school records for single-season rushing yards (3,433), rushing yards per game (264.1) and per carry (5.24)... The single-season rushing yards and rushing yards per game were broken for the second straight season, while the per carry average of 4.85 dated to 1953... Also helped surpass the school record