July 22, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas continues to earn preseason accolades as the senior was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team Thursday while also checking in at No. 16 in NationalChamps.net’s 2010 preseason rankings of the nation’s Top 25 college football players.
A Doak Walker Award and All-America candidate, Thomas was the lone Wildcat named to the All-Big 12 preseason squad, voted on by the media, while he was the second-highest rated player in the Big 12 on the national Top 25 list, which was compciled by Heisman Trophy voter Todd Helmick. Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray was ranked ninth on the list.
The 2009 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, Thomas burst onto the scene in 2009 and led the Big 12 Conference with the fourth-highest rushing total in school history with 1,265 rushing yards and a league-high 11 rushing touchdowns.
Thomas’ 1,265 rushing yards ranked as the second-highest total by a K-State junior and he became the fourth-fastest player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a season (10th game). His 105.4 yards per game ranked 21st in the nation and led the Big 12, while he also tallied five 100-yard rushing games, which were the most by a Wildcat since James Johnson recorded five during the 2007 season.
The Hilliard, Fla., product was a versatile piece of the K-State offense in his first season with the Wildcats. His 128.9 all-purpose yards per game ranked fifth in the Big 12 and his 1,547 total all-purpose yards rank tied for 11th in school history for a single season.
In addition to his all-purpose yardage, Thomas provided K-State with a “Wildcat” formation threat as the former junior college quarterback was 3-of-4 on pass attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown and one successful two-point conversion pass.
Thomas and the Wildcats will participate in the annual Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday before opening the 2010 season September 4 with a nationally-televised matchup with UCLA. Tickets for the opener are going fast but excellent seating locations remain available.
Both season and single-game tickets for the six-game 2010 schedule also remain on sale. Bench season tickets are still available for just $300 each, while faculty and staff can also purchase tickets starting at $241 and enroll in payroll deduction.
To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com. A copy of the 2010 ticket brochure, which includes all ticket prices and options, is also available online.