MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior Darren Sproles and sophomore Brandon Archer were named Kansas State’s 2004 offensive and defensive MVPs and senior Joe Rheem and freshman Marcus shared special teams MVP honors as the Wildcat football program held its 2004 awards ceremony Sunday afternoon at McCain Auditorium on the K-State campus.
Sproles, who set K-State 11-game records for both rushing and all-purpose yards during 2004, was named the Wildcats’ offensive Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
On defense, Archer received the unit’s nod as MVP after leading the team with 75 total tackles from his strong-side linebacker spot. In addition, the sophomore returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was credited with 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Archer also received K-State’s most improved player award on defense, with sophomore Jermaine Moreira taking home the squad’s most improved offensive player honor.
MVP honors on special teams were shared by Rheem and Watts. Kansas State’s leading scorer with 76 points, Rheem was good on 37-of-38 extra point tries and 13-of-15 field-goal attempts on the year, including a two from beyond 50 yards, while Watts was a standout on five of K-State’s six special teams units.
On the academic side, senior tight end Brian Casey, a CoSIDA second team Academic All-District selection and a first team Academic All-Big 12 pick, received the Wildcats’ annual Scholar-Athlete award. A second team All-Big 12 choice by the league's coaches for his outstanding performance on the field, the senior also served as a team captain for the Wildcats in 2004.
2004 K-State Football Team Awards
Overachiever Award (top freshman in strength and conditioning) - Caleb Handy (OL)
Red Raider Award (top contribution on scout squad) - Ian Campbell (DE)
Scholar-Athlete Award - Brian Casey (TE)
Purple Pride Award (walk-on displaying quality play, leadership and work ethic) - Blake Seiler (DE), Marcus Perry (LB)
Ken Ochs Courage Award - Dylan Meier (QB)
Bob Cope Memorial Award (senior walk-on displaying character, determination and unselfishness) - Blaine Clark (DB)
Nancy Bennett Memorial Award (representing fight, spirit and positive nature) - Russ Vanover (LS)
Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award (promoting team unity and unselfishness) - Mike Johnson (C)
Joan Friederich Award (representing team concept through unselfishness and commitment) - Darren Sproles (RB)
Jim "Shorty" Kleinau Award (representing loyalty, hard work and commitment) - David Rose (CB), Yamon Figurs (WR)
Most Improved Defense Player - Brandon Archer (LB)
Most Improved Offensive Player - Jermaine Moreira (WR)
Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Jeromey Clary (OT)
Defensive Front Seven Defensive Player of the Year - Jermaine Berry (DT), Kevin Huntley (DE)
Special Teams Player of the Year - Joe Rheem (PK), Marcus Watts (WR)
Most Valuable Player-Defense - Brandon Archer (LB)
Most Valuable Player-Offense - Darren Sproles (RB)