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  11/22/20 - Will Jones IIrFr/2024, Kansas State, 5-09, 183 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Kansas State now is up to 10 players in the NCAA's transfer portal, with defensive back Will Jones II entering his name Friday. A K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury via text Wednesday afternoon that Jones was transferring. The news was first reported by GoPowercat.com. With Jones' addition Wednesday, the Wildcats have had 10 players transfer since August. Jones is the fourth defensive back in the transfer group, joining Walter Neil Jr., Jonathan Alexander and Tyrone Lewis. Others include defensive linemen Derick Newton, Ronald Triplette and Matthew Pola-Mao, wide receiver Joshua Youngblood, running back Thomas Grayson and linebacker Demarrquese Hayes. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 CB) rFr/2024 CB Will Jones IIKansas State
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  11/21/20 - Tyrone LewisrFr/2024, Kansas State, 5-11, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Defensive back Tyrone Lewis became the latest Kansas State football player to enter the NCAA's transfer portal. A K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury via text Friday afternoon that Lewis entered his name in the portal. The news was first reported by Rivals.com. Lewis is the ninth Wildcat to transfer since August. The group includes two other defensive backs (Walter Neil Jr. and Jonathan Alexander), a trio of defensive linemen (Derick Newton, Ronald Triplette and Matthew Pola-Mao), a linebacker (Demarrquese Hayes), a running back (Thomas Grayson) and a wide receiver (Joshua Youngblood). A redshirt freshman, Lewis had appeared in all seven games for the Wildcats this fall, notching three tackles. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 SS) rFr/2024 SS Tyrone LewisKansas State
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  11/08/20 - Briley MoorerSr/2021, Kansas State, 6-3, 250 (DS#15 TE) + More +

  Kansas State tight end Briley Moore, who leads the team with 19 receptions this fall, did not play Saturday. Prior to the game, he was seen on the field wearing street clothes. Moore suffered a back injury in the second quarter of last week's game at West Virginia and has not played since. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#15 TE) rSr/2021 TE Briley MooreKansas State
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  Three more players are transferring out of Kansas State's football program. A K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury on Tuesday that running back Thomas Grayson, defensive back Jonathan Alexander and defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao entered the NCAA's transfer portal. The news was first reported by Rivals.com. The trio hadn't been around the team this fall, as all opted out of playing this season. They were part of a quartet of Wildcats to opt out of the 2020 campaign, joining running back Joe Ervin. Alexander, Grayson and Pola-Mao are the sixth, seventh and eighth players, respectively, to transfer from K-State since August, joining wide receiver Joshua Youngblood, defensive back Walter Neil Jr., defensive linemen Derick Newton and Ronald Triplette and linebacker Demarrquese Hayes. Alexander, Grayson and Pola-Mao were members of the Wildcats' 2019 recruiting class, the first batch of signees for head coach Chris Klieman and his staff. Of the three, Alexander was the only one to take the field for K-State last season, as both Grayson and Pola-Mao redshirted. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jonathan AlexanderKansas State
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  11/07/20 - Drew WileySr/2021, Kansas State, 6-3, 300 (DS#75 DT) + More +

  It took Drew Wiley three seasons to become a regular contributor on Kansas State's interior defensive line. As a junior, he filled the role admirably, providing solid relief for seniors Trey Dishon and Jordan Mittie while essentially auditioning for 2020. So, with the Wildcats in the unenviable position of having to replace both starting defensive tackles - and in a year where the coronavirus pandemic wiped out spring practice, no less - it became critical for Wiley, a senior from Vinton, Iowa, to step up to the challenge. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, he had proven himself as an effective run stopper, deployed primarily in short-yardage situations as a true freshman in 2017 and again the following season. Last year, as part of the rotation with Dishon and Mittie, he recorded 16 tackles, including the first two for loss.

But that was just a preview of what was to come for Wiley, who in his first six career starts this season for the 4-2 Wildcats also has become a feared pass-rusher. He was one of the few bright spots last Saturday in K-State's 37-10 loss - the first in five league games - at West Virginia. "I thought Drew Wiley played his tail off," K-State coach Chris Klieman said after Wiley made a career-high seven stops, including 2.5 for loss and a sack against the Mountaineers. "I thought Drew Wiley was really, really good. "Drew is having an all-conference season, and I'm really happy with the way he's playing right now." - Topeka Capital Journal


(DS#75 DT) Sr/2021 DT Drew WileyKansas State
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  11/06/20 - Malik KnowlesrSo/2023, Kansas State, 6-1, 200 (DS#77 WR) + More +

  Knowles' lack of production is baffling. He ranks sixth - sixth! - on the team in both receptions (four) and receiving yards (77) this year. He's capable of so much more - he proved that last season, when he received votes as the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after catching 27 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns. He put up those numbers despite, yet again, battling various injuries for the majority of the season. Vaughn is terrific. Tight end Briley Moore has shown to be dependable, too. But for K-State to avoid a deflating end to the regular season - with games left against Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Baylor and Texas, a 1-3 record in that span is a distinct possibility - it needs the receiving corps to step up. Knowles is the best of the bunch. He just needs to prove it with a stellar finish to his sophomore campaign. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#77 WR) rSo/2023 WR Malik KnowlesKansas State
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  11/05/20 - Wyatt HubertrJr/2022, Kansas State, 6-3, 270 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  Junior Wyatt Hubert is a powerful defensive end with the ability to get to the quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Topeka, Kansas, native is second on the team with three sacks and has a team-best five quarterback hurries this season. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#12 DE) rJr/2022 DE Wyatt HubertKansas State
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  11/03/20 - Will HowardFr/2024, Kansas State, 6-3, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  From the moment he hit the field for a two-snap sequence in Kansas State's opener, quarterback Will Howard has played like a veteran. Against West Virginia's stout defense Saturday, Howard played more like one would expect for a freshman who, this time last year, still was in high school and starring for Downington High in Downington, Pa., four and a half hours away from Milan Puskar Stadium. Howard threw an interception on the game's opening possession. He threw another later in the quarter. And his final one on the day, in the third period, was returned for a touchdown. Well aware that quarterbacks walk a fine line - earning too much praise after victories and too much criticism after losses - K-State head coach Chris Klieman forcefully defended Howard following the team's 37-10 defeat.

"We're for sure not going to hang this on Will Howard, because I think he's continuing to improve," Klieman said. "I thought he made some really good throws. We have to be better for him, and we have to be better with a lot of the things we're doing offensively. We've got to block better. We've got to catch the ball better. We've got to do a lot of different things." Yes, Klieman said, there might have been a throw or two Howard wanted back; Klieman added "every quarterback in the country" goes through a similar dilemma every game. Not that he expects the performance to rattle Howard. "The one thing I'm not worried about is Will's confidence - any of that stuff," Klieman said of Howard, who completed 19 of his 37 passes (51%) for 184 yards and a touchdown along with the three interceptions. "Will's got the 'it factor.' He'll be just fine." - Manhattan Mercury


(DS#999 QB) Fr/2024 QB Will HowardKansas State
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  11/03/20 - AJ ParkerSr/2021, Kansas State, 5-11, 178 (DS#51 CB) + More +

  Senior defensive back AJ Parker didn't travel with the Wildcats for Saturday's game. Parker, who injured his ankle in the second quarter of last week's win over Kansas, was day-to-day all week. When K-State departed Manhattan on Friday, Parker stayed behind. With Parker unavailable, Will Jones stepped in at nickelback. He notched four tackles (three solo, one assisted) in Saturday's loss. Parker began the season at cornerback and shifted to nickelback during K-State's first open date. He moved to the spot beginning with the Wildcats' come-from-behind win at Oklahoma last month, and remained there in the subsequent three games (Texas Tech, TCU and KU). Though he sat out Saturday, Klieman said earlier this week the team felt "pretty good that it's not going to be a long-term injury." Ironically, Parker suffered an ankle injury against KU in 2019. That turned out to be far more serious, though, as he missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#51 CB) Sr/2021 CB AJ ParkerKansas State
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  10/26/20 - Phillip BrooksrSo/2023, Kansas State, 5-07, 167 (DS#67 WR) + More +

  OCT 26 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Phillip Brooks, WR, So., Kansas State,...Brooks became the first player in school history with two punt-return touchdowns in a game, while his 189 punt-return yards broke the school record. He is the first player in the nation to return two punts for touchdowns since 2018. His single game PR total yardage ranks third in Big 12 history and most by a Big 12 player since 2009. He also has the highest average nationally since 1996 among players with four or more returns. - Big 12 Football

(DS#67 WR) rSo/2023 WR Phillip BrooksKansas State
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  10/25/20 - AJ ParkerSr/2021, Kansas State, 5-11, 178 (DS#51 CB) + More +

  For the second year in a row, Kansas State's AJ Parker left the Sunflower Showdown early. For now, his status is unknown. "(Doctors) said he was not going to be available for the second half," K-State head coach Chris Klieman said during his postgame press conference. "It was 34-7, and I said, 'That's fine." Klieman said the Wildcats will "find out more probably Sunday or Monday" regarding Parker's injury. Last season, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Wildcats' 38-10 win in Lawrence. On Saturday, Parker just before the end of the second quarter of K-State's 55-14 victory at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Parker's injury came on a play that ultimately didn't count, as KU was assessed a false-start penalty. He limped off the field with the help of team trainers; Parker appeared to be favoring his left leg. Parker, who started at nickelback, had three tackles at the time of his injury. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#51 CB) Sr/2021 CB AJ ParkerKansas State
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  10/25/20 - TJ SmithFr/2024, Kansas State, 5-08, 183 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  TJ Smith's first season at Kansas State has been cut short. Smith, a freshman defensive back for the Wildcats, tweeted Saturday that he'll miss the rest of the season. Smith wrote that he found out Oct. 16 that he had torn his ACL and wouldn't be able to play another game this fall. "At first I thought why me, but God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers," Smith wrote. "I hate not being out there with my brothers, but I know they'll hold it down. I'll be back 100x better." Smith had appeared in K-State's first four games this season as a reserve safety. He finishes this season with seven tackles (five solo, two assisted). His best performance came against Texas Tech, when he tallied four tackles (three solo, one assisted) in K-State's 31-21 victory. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 CB) Fr/2024 CB TJ SmithKansas State
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  10/24/20 - Phillip BrooksrSo/2023, Kansas State, 5-07, 167 (DS#67 WR) + More +

  Phillip Brooks returned a pair of punts for touchdowns, Kansas State took advantage of an embarrassing day of special teams by its biggest rival, and the No. 20 Wildcats rolled to a 55-14 victory over Kansas on Saturday. Will Howard threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns while Justin Gardner returned an interception 25 yards for another score, helping the Wildcats (4-1) improve to 4-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since 2014. Deuce Vaughn added 71 yards rushing and another touchdown as Kansas State beat the Jayhawks (0-5, 0-4) for a series-record 12th straight time. Kansas has not beaten its Interstate 70 rival since Nov. 1, 2008, in Lawrence. Freshman Jalon Daniels was just 22 of 39 for 207 yards for the Jayhawks, who were playing their first game since coach Les Miles returned from a positive COVID-19 test. It also was their first game since running back Pooka Williams, an All-Big 12 selection a year ago, decided to opt out for the remainder of the season. - AP College/Kansas State Football

(DS#67 WR) rSo/2023 WR Phillip BrooksKansas State
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  Joshua Youngblood is leaving Kansas State not even halfway into his second season. A K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury on Tuesday that Youngblood, a sophomore wide receiver for the Wildcats, has entered the transfer portal. The news was first reported by 247Sports. Youngblood had appeared in just two of K-State's four games this season. He had one carry for three yards and three kickoff returns for 54 yards. Youngblood did not record a reception this fall. His transfer brings a stunning end to a K-State career that held so much promise. As a freshman in 2019, he had one of the greatest special teams seasons in the Wildcats' storied history in returners.

Youngblood returned three kickoffs for touchdown, the most in the FBS, on his way to being named the Big 12's special teams player of the year, marking the first time in the league's history that a freshman had earned that honor on offense, defense or special teams. He had 502 yards on 14 returns, an average of 35.9 yards per return - a number that would have led the country had he netted two more attempts needed to meet the NCAA's minimum. It also would have moved into No. 1 in school history for a single season, surpassing Tyler Lockett's 35.2-yards-per-return effort in 2011. - Manhattan Mercury


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Joshua YoungbloodKansas State
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  10/15/20 - Deuce VaughnFr/2024, Kansas State, 5-05, 168 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Chris Vaughn's day job took him to the Atlanta area this weekend. He's the Dallas Cowboys' southeast area scout and business duties called for him to attend the Tennessee-Georgia game. But Vaughn kept his eyes on the Kansas State-TCU game in Fort Worth. His son, Deuce (Christopher II), has become one of Kansas State's biggest playmakers early on this season. And the true freshman out of Round Rock Cedar Ridge made his presence felt in K-State's 21-14 victory over TCU, contributing 30% of the offensive yards. "Deuce was fired up and excited for the win," Chris told the Star-Telegram on Sunday. "He understands that even though there wasn't millions of yards in the game, that's a big win in that atmosphere against that team on the road. He grasps how big of a win it was for the team."

K-State started true freshman quarterback Will Howard with senior Skylar Thompson out with an injury. Howard held his own but, as stated, it wasn't an impressive day offensively for either team. K-State finished with 289 yards of total offense with Deuce contributing 88 yards (45 receiving, 43 rushing). Vaughn's lone reception went for 45 yards during a 91-yard TD drive by the Wildcats in the first half. Even though he didn't score, Vaughn has become known for his home-run ability and showcased it on that play. The 5-foot-5 Vaughn is a matchup problem for defenses. He entered the game having consecutive games with 70-plus yard receptions against Oklahoma and Texas Tech. "That was a good play when they needed it," Chris said. "Any explosive plays against that defense is huge. Coach [Gary] Patterson does a great job and that's a tremendous win for K-State." - Fort Worth Star


(DS#7 RB) Fr/2024 RB Deuce VaughnKansas State
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