BROWN, MALONE UP FOR POSTSEASON HONORS

BROWN, MALONE UP FOR POSTSEASON HONORS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It's heading into the final one-third of the 2011 Kansas State football season with Wildcats still serving as candidates for postseason honors, and the Wildcats still a hot commodity for television cameras.

BROWN SEMIFINALIST:

Kansas State junior linebacker Arthur Brown has been named a semifinalist for the 17th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

Brown is one of 16 semifinalists nationally and the lone representative from the Big 12. He is the second player in school history to be considered for the award after defensive back Chris Canty was a finalist in 1996.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Brown leads the Wildcats and ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 60 tackles this season. He was also named to the ESPN.com and SI.com Midseason All-America team, while he was a Midseason First Team All-American and Midseason First Team All-Big 12 performer by Phil Steele.

MALONE UP FOR THORPE AWARD:
Kansas State junior defensive back Nigel Malone is one of 15 players nationally to be named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's most outstanding defensive back.

Malone is the first Wildcat up for the award since Terence Newman was the award winner in 2002. He is also the fourth K-State defensive back to earn semifinalist status, joining Newman (2001 semifinalist, 2002 winner), Chris Canty (1995 and 1996 semifinalist) and Jamie Mendez (1993 semifinalist).

A native of Manteca, Calif., Malone has six interceptions this season to lead the Big 12 and rank second nationally, and he also has 12 passes defended, which is second in the league and eighth in the country. He is also one of two players this season to intercept two or more passes in multiple games as he had two picks against Eastern Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Malone, who transferred from City College of San Francisco prior to this season, is tied for third in school history in interceptions, while he is tied for the most by a first-year Wildcat player with All-American Jamie Mendez, who had six interceptions in 1990.

SNYDER RECOGNIZED:
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is one of 20 coaches across the country and four from the Big 12 Conference to be named to the watch list for the 2011 Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

Snyder, currently the 11th-winningest active coach among FBS schools, has led Kansas State to a 7-1 record this season and a No. 17 ranking in the latest AP Top 25 listing.

ABC LIKES THE ‘CATS:
Not only is Saturday's game at Oklahoma State going to be televised by ABC at 7 p.m., but next week's game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium will also be televised by ABC at either 11 a.m., or 2:30 p.m.

The selection marks the 10th straight week that a Wildcat football game will be televised and the fourth this season on ABC after the network also picked up K-State's games against Baylor, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Fans can purchase tickets to both remaining home games as a combo ticket to both the Texas A&M game and the December 3 home finale against Iowa State is available for only $85. The first 500 fans to purchase a combo ticket will receive a free Jordy Nelson bobblehead.

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