K-State's Hubert adds another Big 12 honor
Wildcats' Vaughn, Wiley named to AP second team
Kansas State defensive end Wyatt Hubert was named to the Associated Press all-Big 12 football team for the second straight year on Thursday, while two other Wildcats received second-team honors.
Hubert, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior from Topeka's Shawnee Heights High School, recently announced that he is passing up his senior season and making himself available for the 2021 NFL Draft. He was joined on the all-conference list by second-team picks Deuce Vaughn as both running back and all-purpose player, and Drew Wiley at defensive tackle.
Hubert ranked third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally with 8.5 sacks during the Wildcats' 10-game season and finished fifth in the league with 13 tackles for loss. He ended his K-State career tied for eighth in school history with 20 sacks.
Wiley, a 6-4, 300-pound senior from Vinton, Iowa, was a breakout star on defense for K-State in his first season as a starter, finishing with 24 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He is tied for 10th in the Big 12 in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss.
Vaughn, a 5-5, 168-pound true freshman from Round Rock, Texas, set K-State freshman records for rushing yards with 642, all-purpose yards with 1,221, ranking third in the Big 12 in both categories. He also joined Clemson's Travis Etienne as one of two players in the nation with at least 600 rushing and 400 receiving yards this season.
The K-State roster picture is beginning to clear up, with several more seniors revealing their future plans in the past week.
Defensive end Bronson Massie and safety Jahron McPherson joined quarterback Skylar Thompson in announcing their return for one more season after the NCAA granted all players a free year of eligibility in 2020.
Starting linebacker Justin Hughes and Elijah Sullivan, both sixth-year seniors after missing a season with injuries — Sullivan in 2017 and Hughes in 2019 — declared for the 2021 NFL draft. They join tight end Briley Moore and running back Harry Trotter in passing up their extra year.