Fresh Faces: Kansas State

Here's three Wildcats with relatively low profiles around the conference who you'll be hearing from in 2010.

Chris Harper, WR

You've heard a bit about Harper on the blog before, but he figures to be part of an all-new lineup at receiver for Kansas State, alongside Aubrey Quarles, who sat out the 2009 season, and fellow transfer Brodrick Smith, who racked up 12 catches for four touchdowns in the spring game. Smith came from Minnesota, but Harper, who came to Manhattan as a quarterback, came from Oregon. He's got speed and size at 6-foot-1 and 234 pounds, and if he can adjust to the position change, he'll be able to use both. Harper chose to make the switch to receiver near the beginning of spring practice, giving way to Collin Klein, Carson Coffman and Sammuel Lamur at quarterback, and early reviews were positive.

Braden Wilson, FB

Wilson may never get the press he deserves, even after the season begins. He'll be the primary lead blocker as a sophomore, first-year starter for the conference's best running back, and any lack of recognition won't be because of a lack of effort on the part of coach Bill Snyder. Earlier this spring, Snyder couldn't stop complimenting his 6-foot-3, 244-pound trailblazer. "He may make a mistake, but if he does, he'll make it at 120 miles an hour," he said.

Alex Hrebec, LB

Hrebec should be one of the leaders of a young linebacking corps that loses two seniors. A sturdy 5-foot-11, 251-pound junior, Hrebec could be among the tackling leaders for the Wildcats this season. Hrebec made just 32 tackles in 2009, but 21 of them came in games against Tennessee Tech and Iowa State, becoming the first Kansas State player to record double-digit tackle totals in consecutive games since 2006. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he started half the Wildcats games and made 68 tackles. His off-the-field efforts were also recently recognized, landing him on the nomination list for the AFCA Good Works Team.

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