The Revolving Door: Kansas State

Here, we'll take a look at a couple of key players going, staying and coming for each team in the Big 12.


Brandon Banks, WR/KR

Banks was far from unstoppable as the Wildcats' leading receiver (56 rec, 705 yards, 1 TD), but his kick returns gave the Wildcats an explosive special-teams unit and landed the 5-foot-7 Banks on the All-Big 12 team. He returned four kicks for touchdowns as a senior and averaged nearly 30 yards per kick return.

Nick Stringer, OL

The former team captain spent two seasons on the All-Big 12 team and played significant snaps for four seasons.

Grant Gregory, QB

Gregory only got to play for the Wildcats for one season after transferring from South Florida, but he took advantage of the opportunity coach Bill Snyder gave him. Gregory took over the starting spot for the Wildcats midway through the season in 2009, and got the Wildcats to within an upset of Nebraska of a bowl game.


Daniel Thomas, RB

Thomas led the Big 12 in rushing in just his first season of Division I football, and was a big reason the Wildcats' rushing offense ranked in the top third of the Big 12. As a senior, the juco transfer figures to be the central figure of the offense once again, with uncertainty at quarterback and a receiving corps full of newcomers at the top of the depth chart. Thomas loses his backup, Keithen Valentine, this season, and K-State would be well-served to find a serviceable backup this spring to help keep him healthy.

Tysyn Hartman, DB

Hartman had the fourth-most interceptions in the Big 12 as a sophomore, with five. His work earned him an All-Big 12 nod and he could secure a spot as one of the Big 12's top defensive backs this season.


Adam Davis, DE

Davis transferred to Kansas State from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College as one of the top junior college prospects in America. At 6-foot-1 and 249 pounds, he fits the mold of defensive end and could compete for a spot once fall arrives.

Chris Harper, WR

Harper is done with his year sitting on the bench after transferring from Oregon. He was originally thought to be in the running for the vacant quarterback gig, but Snyder is working Harper solely at wide receiver this spring, as was his preference, Snyder said on Monday. With sub-4.5 speed and a 6-foot-1, 234-pound frame, there's a good chance he'll find a spot to contribute on the edge instead of in the backfield.

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