April 6, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Coming off a seven-win season, a berth in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and several months of offseason conditioning work, the Kansas State football team will hit the practice field for the first time this spring today with the first of 14 workouts leading up to the April 30 Purple/White game.
The Wildcats return 40 lettermen from last year's 7-6 squad and will look to continue to make daily improvement under head coach Bill Snyder, who is in his 20th season overall at Kansas State.
K-State became one of just two Big 12 schools and 14 across the nation this past season to have its football team in a bowl game and both its men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas State returns as many as 12 players on offense that have started one game throughout their Wildcat careers, while the defense has 13 returners with at least one start on the defensive side of the ball. The Cats welcome back three receivers with 14 or more receptions in 2010 (Chris Harper, Brodrick Smith and Tramaine Thompson) while also returning their top five tacklers from a year ago in David Garrett, Tysyn Hartman, Alex Hrebec, Ty Zimmerman and Jarell Childs.
The Wildcats, who currently hold the No. 1 all-sports and football graduation rates in the Big 12, also welcome back eight players that earned Academic All-Big 12 distinction a year ago. Hartman leads that group as a three-time all-league selection, two-time Academic All-District pick and a potential candidate for this year's Campbell Trophy, the Academic Heisman.
Tickets for the spring game are priced at $5 while K-State students and children under the age of two will be admitted at no charge. To purchase tickets, visit k-statesports.com or call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Both ticket booths at the stadium will also be open on gameday beginning at 10 a.m.
Students will need to present their student ID's at the East side ticket booth at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and enter the stadium through Gate M.
K-State opens the 2011 season on September 3 when it hosts Eastern Kentucky in the third-annual K-State Family Reunion. Season tickets for the seven-game home schedule, which includes five Big 12 Conference games, are currently available for as little as $21 per game. Visit k-statesports.com or call 1-800-221-CATS for more information.