October 2, 2007

Stars Talib, Nelson could collide

He looked like a blur as he darted down the field. Then again, almost everything on YouTube.com looks like a blur. Still, the 100-yard interception return by Kansas junior cornerback Aqib Talib was sensational, the latest feat in an impressive career. He's up for the Nagurski. He's up for the Thorpe. On Saturday, the preseason All-American will likely be matched-up against one of the two hottest wide receivers in the Big 12.

Jordy Nelson comes off the best back-to-back performances of any wide receiver to ever play at Kansas State. After torching Missouri State with 15 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound senior had 12 receptions for 116 yards and one score in the Wildcats' 41-21 win against No. 7 Texas last weekend.

Only one player in the nation has caught more footballs in a game and only two have recorded more receptions in back-to-back games this season. Nelson totaled 27 against the Bears and Longhorns. North Texas' Casey Fitzgerald and Western Michigan's Jamarko Simmons each had 28 in consecutive efforts a couple weeks ago.

When No. 24 K-State, 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12, faces Kansas, 4-0, in the Wildcats' Big 12 home opener at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, all eyes will follow arguably the biggest individual matchup to hit Manhattan since Terence Newman faced Southern California's Kareem Kelly on the same field in 2002.

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