If you go to the football section of the Kansas State University's athletics website, you will find a link to its 2012 roster.
From there you can click on a link for Boston Stiverson, where it simply reads: "A very talented offensive lineman who will battle for a starting spot following a redshirt season."
Not much to say about someone who received a plethora of accolades as a senior at Andover Central High School. But if you are a 19-year-old sophomore who redshirted as a freshman, there isn't much to say about your college career so far. That may all change soon.
After being All-Everything in high school, Stiverson signed in the spring of 2011 to play football at K-State. For him, the choice was easy.
"I've always been a K-State fan and I've always wanted to play for Bill Snyder," he said. "It's close to home, and I have a bunch of friends here."
As he prepares to enter his freshman year of eligibility, Stiverson remains high on Coach Snyder, who he calls "a great guy."
"He wants things done right, which I respect. I want to do things right for him," Stiverson said. "He's a great coach, and obviously his record shows that."
It was tough for Stiverson to contend for a starting spot as a freshman last year. A big reason for that was Colton Freeze, a senior who played in all 13 games of the 2010 season as a reserve. When Stiverson slipped on the red shirt, he set out to learn as much as he could.
"My first goal was to learn the offense, so I know what I'm doing so I can prepare for the next season," he said, "and to get bigger, faster and stronger to get ready for Division I level."
Freeze provided additional value to the team by teaching his eventual heir apparent the X's and O's of the Wildcat offense. Stiverson did his part with the physical aspect, as he now packs 305 pounds on his 6-foot-4-inch frame.
However, it was B.J. Finney who taught him the intangibles. Finney, from Andale, started all 13 games last year at center as a redshirt freshman.
"He's just one of those guys who leads by example," Stiverson said of Finney. "He's a hard worker, he's out there every day. Does things right; does things right off the shelf."
Veteran players like quarterback Collin Klein also have helped Stiverson's learning curve.
"He's such a good leader. He leads by example," he said. "Obviously he's a great runner, and his passing has improved a lot."
Now that Freeze has graduated, it is time for Stiverson to make his own mark on K-State football. If the 'Cats spring game is any indication, he will remain No. 1 at right guard, a spot he earned in the spring. Becoming a starter took obviously a lot of effort, both physical and mental.
Page 2 of 3 - "Work hard every day, know my stuff, and read the playbook every day. Mainly just working hard, because coaches appreciate that," he said following the spring game. "It is also fortunate that a senior graduated. Now it is my turn to step in."
The son of Stan and Allison Stiverson, Boston spent part of this summer in the classroom. A criminology major, the fall semester begins Aug. 20. His summer regimen also included working out, running and doing drills. The 'Cats fall football camp began Aug. 1, and their media day was held Aug. 3.
On the field, Stiverson has set the bar high.
"I set my expectations high for myself (this year)," he said. "I want to be a lot better, compete every down, do my best and dominate the defensive guy in front of me every down."
So far his progress has been noticed and rewarded.
"I think that coming out of spring practice he was better than he was before," Snyder said of Stiverson, "and I think going into the fall workouts, he appears better than in summer workouts."
Snyder shares an important bit of wisdom with the team as they prepare for the new season: Don't take anything for granted.
"Last season we got pretty lucky," Stiverson said. "A lot of our games were really close. We were fortunate to come out on top."
The 2011 season was a good one in Manhattan, as exemplified by a 10-3 record, a trip to the AT&T Cotton Bowl and a final No. 8 ranking in the BCS standings. Despite returning 17 starters and 42 total lettermen from that squad, the Wildcats have received mixed preseason reviews this year.
With a No. 21 ranking, K-State was one of six Big 12 football teams to be ranked in the 2012 USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. This was the first since 2004 that the 'Cats had been ranked in the preseason coaches poll.
However, things don't look any better closer to home. The media darlings who follow the Big 12 picked them last month to finish sixth in the conference, but just 10 votes out of fourth. The 'Cats look forward to the challenge of exceeding that expectation.
"It just pushes us harder. It gives more fuel for the team to get better and improve every single day," Stiverson said. "We just go out there and play as hard as we can and win games."
Going into fall camp, Stiverson believes the offense is better prepared and a better unit than it was last year at this point. K-State fans hope this is true, as protecting Klein and opening holes for the running backs will be crucial to the Wildcats' success this season.
Page 3 of 3 - "Boston and our entire offensive line unit are a work in progress, but it is a body of work that is moving along in an appropriate manner," Snyder said. "I think we have the capacity to be an improved offensive line. We are not collectively there yet, but I think we are moving in that direction."
On the other side of the ball, it is difficult for Stiverson to judge where the defense is at compared with last year.
"From what I see, they're really fast and strong with great awareness," he said. "As a blocker, it's tough for me to block my own defense because they're so fast."
Stiverson and his fellow Wildcats soon will start finding out about themselves. They kickoff the season at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 as they host Missouri State University.