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K-State's NFL Draft prospects

The 2021 NFL draft begins this Thursday and while there is a lot of buzz about the draft nationally, there seems to be little buzz locally. Kansas State had at least one player selected in the NFL draft for 26 straight years from 1993 to 2019, which was the longest streak in the Big 12 conference until it was broken last year when no Wildcat was selected.  The Oklahoma Sooners now hold the longest draft streak in the conference. There was a time in the past when I loved watching the NFL draft and was especially interested in seeing local players, especially K-State Wildcats, get selected.  Somewhere along the line, I lost interest in the draft.  Despite my indifference, it's still very popular among the masses.  A simple internet search for "NFL Draft" or "Mock NFL Draft" will give you hundreds of websites to visit to peruse their mock drafts and read about prospects. Can K-State start a new NFL draft streak in 2021?  Unfortunately, it doesn't look promising

From The Couch - Kansas State Ring Of Honor Member Lynn Dickey

  Lynn Dickey is the first player in my series of K-State football Ring of Honor members.  I became a fan of Lynn Dickey long before I was ever a fan of K-State.  I grew up in Wisconsin a huge Green Bay Packer fan and Dickey was my favorite quarterback.  He led a proficient Packer offense, throwing the ball to John Jefferson, James Lofton, and Paul Coffman, another K-State great.  These guys were my Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce.  I was 10 years old at the time, but still vividly remember those Packer teams.  When I decided to attend Kansas State, I heard stories of Lynn Dickey, but it mostly got muddled into the "K-State had the worst football program of all-time" talk in the early 90s.  When researching Dickey's accomplishments while at K-State, I was surprised to learn that he quarterbacked some pretty good teams and that K-State was contending for Big 8 championships against Nebraska and Oklahoma.  I enjoyed researching and reading arti

From The Couch - Is Bruce Weber Afraid To Play Illinois? Will these basketball transfers make a difference? Are you 102% Committed?

  "Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois and Kansas State – four men’s basketball programs that have combined to win three NCAA titles and reach 21 Final Fours – will compete at the 2021 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker Nov. 22-23 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo.", April 21, 2021 JM:  The College Basketball Hall of Fame made the announcement official today.  I really like this lineup. Two really good programs in Arkansas and Illinois, Cincinnati breaking in a new head coach and K-State.  I'll be there to watch. "Weber said he will specifically request for K-State to open against Arkansas or Cincinnati." ...Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle, April 21, 2021 JM:  What?  This was a random sentence in Robinett's write-up about the Hall of Fame Classic.  He didn't explain why Weber would specifically ask not to play Illinois.  Is he afraid of playing them?  Does he not want to play them because he used to coach there?  Th

Seven questions I'd love to ask Bill Snyder!

Bill Snyder is releasing his autobiography this fall, co-authored by D. Scott Fritchen, titled "My Football Life and the Rest of the Story."  If I ever get the opportunity to talk to Bill Snyder again, there are a bunch of questions I'd like to ask him.  I'm hoping some of these questions will be answered in his book. I thought it would be fun to make a list of questions to ask and hypothesize what his answers might be.  As I was putting my questions to paper the list became pretty long.  Some are serious and some are fun and lighthearted, but I narrowed it down to seven for the purposes of this article.  Here we go... 1)  Were you ever close to leaving K-State? I was a student at K-State from 1991 to 1996 and rumors were swirling around almost every season that Snyder might leave and go coach elsewhere.  Luckily they were just rumors and they never came to fruition.  There was also a rumor that Jerry Jones wanted to hire Snyder to coach the Dallas Cowboys.  I don'

Are Kansas State Fans Accepting of Mediocrity?

If you've read my stuff for any amount of time, you probably know that my two favorite sports are college football and college basketball.  The NFL is a very distant third place on my "favorite sports" list.  I follow other sports, but wouldn't call myself a "fan" of them.  I'm a college sports guy first and foremost.  It's extra fun when my team wins in football or basketball and a lot less fun when my team loses in either. I'll typically watch any college football and basketball game whenever it's on.  I watch every NCAA tournament basketball game every year.  If games overlap, I pull one up on my laptop while the other is on the television.  If there are more than two games on at once, I find a local sports bar with a lot of televisions so I can watch all the games at once.  I'm kind of nuts about it, but I find it enjoyable.  Some people watch The Bachelor and television shows like that.  I watch college sports. While watching this ye

Five K-State Players To Watch in 2021

Spring football ended Saturday for Kansas State with their final practice open to the public.  K-State has some key newcomers and returners that will need to step in and produce right away if they are to get enough wins to become bowl eligible this fall.  They are losing a lot of production, especially at the tight end position and on the defensive side of the ball, which will need to be replaced. Here are five players you may not have heard much about that are creating some buzz around the program.  Chris Klieman and company hope these guys can step in and replace lost production and help the team improve on their four wins in 2020.  Keep an eye on these five players heading into the fall. Jacardia Wright, Sophomore Running Back The first time I remember seeing Jacardia Wright was when he had 59 yards on 14 carries against Bowling Green in 2019.  I mentioned in a post-game blog post how impressed I was with him.  For some reason, he was used sparingly last season and every time  the r

From The Couch - K-State Potpourri

  It's a K-State potpourri edition of "From The Couch."  Two incoming transfers to the basketball program, some K-State sports alumni news, and a new "Ask The AD."  Let's go.... "A 6-foot-5, 220-pound shooting guard, (Mark) Smith will have one year of eligibility remaining after the NCAA granted fall and winter sport student-athletes an additional year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under NCAA graduate transfer rules, he will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in the Fall 2021 after graduating from Missouri with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management. He is expected to graduate in May." ...K-State Sports, March 31, 2021 JM:  Reaction is mixed to Mark Smith joining the K-State basketball program from Missouri.  A big MU fan buddy of mine texted me and said "He will be perfect for Weber and Bruceketball.  Another non-scorer.  And when he's not scoring, he's usually turning the ball over."  That's not exactly a ringin

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