KState's Media Day Wrap-Up

Leon Patton

This and that on KSU football following Saturday's Media Day.


PATTON ABSENT: Leon Patton was not a part of Saturday's 115-player get-together, but the Wildcat running back is still listed on the roster.

Leon Patton was found guilty on a number of legal charges last month, and sentenced to 30 days in jail, plus 60 days of probation.

According to Riley County Police Lt. Kurt Moldrup, Patton was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license during a traffic stop. He was found to have a warrant issued in Pottawatomie County for a Nov. 30, 2007 theft. The failure to appear charge was for an unpaid parking ticket in Manhattan.

That leaves the running back position to a cast of unprovens: junior college transfer Keithen Valentine, redshirt freshmen Justin Woods and Dee Bell, plus true-freshmen in Logan Dold and Kwamaine Brown.

Valentine was the lone bright spot of the spring game with a 104-yard performance and is reported to be running No. 1.

"What we didn't see in the spring was his ability to run with power, coach Ron Prince said of his 5-foot-8, 197-pound transfer from Mississippi Delta Community College. "We knew that he was a shifty runner, but he's demonstrated several times that he can run with power."

NO LONGER WILDCATS: Not on the Kansas State fall roster are at least three signees from the 2008 class in Daniel Thomas, a running back from NW Mississippi Community College; John Finau, a defensive lineman from El Camino Community College; and, Dustin Bell, a defensive back from Bakersfield College.

Thomas has reportedly enrolled at Butler Community College, and Bell at UTEP.

In addition, not returning from last year's roster are defensive end starter Michael Abana, linebacker Ross Diehl, and linebacker Davyon McGhee.

WHAT DOES IT COST? In a recent story on college sports recruiting in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kansas State was No. 1 among all Big 12 schools in dollars spent on department-wide recruiting at $1.32 million.

That figure also ranked No. 5 in the nation, only behind Tennessee ($2.01 million), Notre Dame ($1.76), Florida ($1.45) and Auburn ($1.37).

From the Big 12, Nebraska was seventh ($1.28), Texas was 12th ($1.16), and Oklahoma No. 14 ($1.12).

The report indicates that K-State spent $450,000 for the use of private planes used for recruiting purposes.

THREE FOOT RACE: Kansas State has three punters in the mix with junior college transfer George Pierson from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, true-freshman quarterback Joseph Kassanavoid, plus returnee D.J. Fulhage, who is the son of former KSU punter Scott Fulhage (1981-84).

QBS APLENTY: While the Nos. 1 and 2 quarterbacks are pretty well set with junior Josh Freeman and sophomore Carson Coffman, vying for the No. 3 spot will be true-freshmen in Kassanavoid (6-4, 226, Lawson, Mo.) and Collin Klein (6-5, 211, Loveland, Colo.), plus redshirt-freshmen Tysyn Hartman (6-3, 204, Wichita, Kan.) and Trey Scott (6-2, 195, Shawnee, Kan.).

BIG AND SMALL OF IT: While projected starting wide receiver Brandon Banks is the smallest of the Wildcats at 5-7, 142 pounds (he says 5-7, 150), the biggest Wildcat is 6-8, 320-pound sophomore Zach Hanson from Sacramento Community College.

The Wildcats have seven others tipping the scales at 300-plus pounds: Xzavier Stewart (6-1, 316, DT), Kenneth Mayfield (6-4, 311, OL), Daniel Calvin (6-3, 310, DL), Jordan Bedore (6-3, 310, C), Gabriel Crews (6-1, 310, DT), Ethan Douglas (6-6, 308, OL) and Alesana Alesana (6-4, 304, OL).

ROSTER OF 115: On the 115-man roster as of Aug. 9, there were 21 seniors, 42 juniors, 18 sophomores and 34 freshmen.

ONLY ONES LEFT: Only 12 members of today's KSU roster were members of Bill Snyder's last team in 2005: Jared Parker (K), Courtney Herndon (DB), Andrew Erker (DB), Jordan Bedore (OL), Reggie Walker (LB), Vlad Faustin (DE), Nick Stringer (OL), Gerard Spexarth (OL), Brock Unruh (OL), Brett Alstatt (TE), Eric Childs (DE), Ian Campbell (DE).

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