September 12, 2007

Rossman's leg lifts special teams

Kansas State's rich tradition on special teams carries with it certain expectations. This year's team has shown signs of living up to such elevated standards during the young season, as return man Deon Murphy and kicker Brooks Rossman have provided a spark to the unit, forcing fans and opposing coaching staffs to take notice.

"Special teams have a big part in the way we play," said Murphy, who served up a 56-yard punt return against San Jose State. "The return team, the kicking game and all the other phases are going to help us win a lot of games."

Wildcat faithful knew it was just a matter of time before the speedy Murphy broke his first big return, but the kicking game has provided K-State with a rather unexpected boost on special teams.

During his offseason search for a place-kicker, Kansas State head coach Ron Prince was discouraged, to say the least. Just two weeks before the season, the Wildcats were still without a kicker, and Prince was making his anguish public.

"From a place-kicking standpoint, I'm not very pleased," he said during an open summer practice in Olathe.

But then Rossman happened.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!