Countdown To Kickoff -

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Let the Countdown to Kickoff begin with a profile of one member of the Kansas State Football team released everyday. Today we profile # # 66 BJ Finney as the countdown rolls on.....

#66 B.J. Finney

Jr. OL(Center) 6'4" 303

- 2012 all-big 12 candidate - rimington trophy candidate

A former walk-on offensive lineman who has turned into a starter and team leader... Voted a team captain.

2011: Named a 2011 First Team Freshman All-American and First Team Freshman All-Big 12 performer by, while he earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the Kansas City Star and honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press... Was also a candidate for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the nation's top walk-on player... Started the season at right guard before starting at center the last 12 games... Helped the Wildcats average 193.7 rushing yards, which was 29th nationally.

2010: Redshirted... Earned the team's 2010 Red Raider Award for being the top contributor on the scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three seasons for the Andale Indians under head coach Gary O'Hair... Named the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Offensive MVP in 2009... Earned first team all-state designations in 2008 and 2009... Led team to a state championship in 2007, a sub-state appearance in 2008 and a section runner-up finish in 2009... Chose to walk on at K-State over an offer from Ohio and interest from Kansas... Also lettered four years in wrestling, finishing second in state as a junior and winning state as a senior.

PERSONAL: Benjamin J Isaac Finney II was born October 26, 1991, in Wichita, Kan... Son of Christy Finney and the late J Finney... Majoring in pre-med.