Oct. 20, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Led by long snapper Corey Adams and running back Daniel Thomas, Kansas State placed six players on the Phil Steele 2010 Midseason All-American and All-Big 12 squads, the publication has announced.
Adams was named a first team All-American, while Thomas was named to the third team. Joining Thomas as a First Team Midseason All-Big 12 performer was kick returner William Powell, while center Wade Weibert, defensive end Brandon Harold and linebacker Alex Hrebec were all named to the third team.
Adams has been one of the nation's top long snappers since his freshman season in 2007. The Monument, Colo., product has been perfect on 418 combined snaps in his three-plus year career, including 32 field goal/PAT attempts and 22 punt snaps this season. He is also a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is considered by many as the "Academic Heisman," and is one of 30 candidates nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
A preseason Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and All-American candidate, Thomas ranks eighth in the nation and second in the Big 12 with 130.3 rushing yards per game. The Hilliard, Fla., product, who has 782 yards on 145 carries and seven touchdowns this season, also stands fifth in the league with 140.5 all-purpose yards per game. He is 218 rushing yards away from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, which would make him the first player to do so since Darren Sproles in 2003 and 2004.
Powell, who has been a great complement to Thomas in the backfield, has done most of his damage as a kicker returner as he leads the Big 12 and ranks seventh nationally with a 31.5-yard return average. He has two returns this season of greater than 50 yards, including a season-long 54-yarder against Missouri State. He needs just 13 yards to tie for 10th in school history, and 192 yards to move into second in K-State history.
A preseason Rimington Trophy candidate, Weibert has made 18 straight starts dating back to last season, including 17 straight at center. The Hillsboro, Kan., product has led an offensive line that has paved the way for 221.7 rushing yards per game, which is second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally.
After missing all but one game last season due to injury, Harold has returned to 2008 form in which he was named a Freshman All-American. The defensive end has 29 tackles to rank second in the Big 12 among defensive lineman, including six that have gone for loss, which is ninth in the conference. He also ranks fifth in the league in forced fumbles with two.
Hrebec, a junior, is sixth in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally with 57 tackles, thanks in part to three games with 10 or more stops. He registered a career high 12 tackles in the season opener against UCLA, while he also wrapped up 10 ball carries against both UCF and Nebraska. The St. Louis, Mo., native has also been disruptive in the passing game as he has six passes defended this year.
The Wildcats face Baylor this Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 2:35 p.m. and the game can be heard along the K-State Sports Network, online (for free) at www.k-statesports.com and on SIRIUS satellite radio channel 154.
After the Baylor game, K-State returns home for its homecoming contest against Oklahoma State on October 30, which begins at 11 a.m., and will be televised on FSN. Tickets still remain available for the game with the Cowboys for as low as $35. To order tickets for the Oklahoma State game, or the home finale against Texas on November 6, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit www.k-statesports.com or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.
PHIL STEELE MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN SELECTIONS
First Team: LS Corey Adams
Third Team: RB Daniel Thomas
PHIL STEELE MIDSEASON ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS
First Team: RB Daniel Thomas, KR William Powell
Third Team: C Wade Weibert, DE Brandon Harold, LB Alex Hrebec