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San Diego State's Kneller a team player

On the end of the San Diego State bench is a walk-on in full uniform, the only difference with this player being that he's always got a clipboard in hand.

A four-year student manager, Ben Kneller recently got rewarded for his service by coach Steve Fisher, who surprised the 6-foot-6 senior by getting his NCAA paperwork together and allowing him to suit up and even score a point on Senior Day (his first free throw was an airball).

Kneller played again three days later at Air Force, and during the Mountain West Conference tournament, he's been pulling double duty with his managing duties while in uniform and even collecting the warm-ups of his teammates before the opening tip.

That he's wearing a jersey isn't just a nice gesture, as the Aztecs have been banged up enough to where they might need him for emergency action.