Kansas State's Mount Rushmore

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It would be fitting if the Kansas State football version of Mount Rushmore was painted in purple, with Powercat insignias all around. Maybe they could even have Willie the Wildcat and his motorcycle friends taking an afternoon ride past the icons every day.

There are several intriguing candidates I could think of. Here are my choices.

  • Bill Snyder -- His turnaround of the Kansas State program remains the most notable in recent college football history. Now, can he do it again the second time around?

  • Gary Spani -- The only Kansas State player inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and the school's first consensus All-American in 1977.

  • Michael Bishop -- Took the Wildcats to the brink of the BCS championship in 1998, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season.

  • Terence Newman -- Best defense player in the school's modern history, earning the 2002 Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back along with the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year.

It was hard to leave Darren Sproles, Veryl Switzer, Mark Simoneau and Lynn Dickey from the side of the mountain. But only four can be placed on the Kansas State Rushmore.

And those were my choices.

Anybody I left off?