It’s time for senior day 2012.  Many names you know, some you may have forgotten.  Here’s a guide to them all.  Defense today, look for offense and special teams tomorrow.  Share your thoughts on these players in the comments below.

Defensive Line

42 – Meshak Williams

9 sacks and 3 forced fumbles this year alone.  Meshak came in last year from Hutch and has been essential to the success of the defensive line this year and has earned Big 12 Defensive player of the week honors.  No one will ever forget his tackle of both the QB and RB at the same time at TCU this year.

55 – Adam Davis

Juco transfer from Hutch.  He was named as a Preseason All Big 12 selection by Lindy’s.  He’s played in every game over his 2 year career and racked up 56 tackles (23 for loss) and 12 sacks.

92 – Vai Latui

Vai has played in every game since transferring from Mt. San Antonio CC last year.  In that time he has notched 53 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries. At 299 he’s the biggest player seeing significant playing time on a big defensive line for K-State this year.

96 – John Sua

After transferring from juco last season and appearing in 4 games, he has played in every game so far this season with 18 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble.

99 – Javonta Boyd

Javonta has been an important reserve on the defensive line this season.  He arrived from Butler County CC in 2010, red-shirted, and has worked hard to back up the d-line for 2 seasons.

Linebackers

2 – Justin Tuggle

Justin followed in the footsteps of Michael Bishop, coming to K-State from Blinn CC as a quarterback.  Last season, between the regular season and the Cotton Bowl he made the transition to linebacker with Collin Klein solidly holding on to the starting QB position.  It’s an unselfish move that has resulted in 17 tackles and 2 sacks on the K-State defense.

4 – Arthur Brown

The Wichita native transferred from Miami to huge expectations on the K-State defense these past two seasons, and has lived up to every one of them.  Brown is now a potential All-American and All-Big XII candidate (after being All Big XII last season) and has been named as a candidate for the Bednarik, Butkus, Walter Camp, Rotary Lombardi, and Bronko Nagurski awards.  Arthur leads the team in tackles, and is unquestionably the leader of a good K-State defense.  He’s an excellent coverage LB and was the first to intercept RGIII last season, and Geno Smith this season.  When the defense needs a big play, there’s no question that #4 will be there to make it.

26 – Jarell Childs

Jarell came to K-State as a running back from Oak Park High School in Kansas City, MO.  In 2009 he rushed for 53 yards against Texas A&M, but he’ll be remembered for what he’s done at the linebacker position, particularly in 2012.  So far this season he’s recorded 57 tackles, including 3 sacks and has recovered 2 fumbles.  He’s got a nose for the ball, and managed to come up big in big play situations.

32 – Roman Fields

Roman is a 4 year player from Christ Prep Academy in Kansas City, KS.  He’s primarily been a practice squad player, but has seen action in 4 games this year, as well as recording a tackle in the Cotton Bowl last season.

36 – Nick Briney

Native Kansan, Nick Briney comes from Jefferson West High School, by way of Coffeyville CC.  He redshirted in 2010 and has been a part of the practice squad.

47 – Jared Loomis

Juco transfer from Dodge City CC.  Has played in 10 games this season and has 14 career tackles. Last year Jared forced a key fumble against #15 Baylor on kickoff coverage.

53 – Blake Slaughter

Blake came to K-State from Missouri City, Texas.  In a packed linebacker corps he has had to watch his playing time virtually disappear over his career, but fans will remember him from his 47 tackles in 2012, which included 4 starts.  He’s also been an important presence on special teams.

Secondary

3 – Allen Chapman

After 2 years at San Francisco City College, Allen Chapman has worked his way into the hearts of K-Staters with his work in the secondary.  His 3 interception game against Oklahoma State this season won him the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week award, and was likely the difference in the game for K-State.

5 – Thomas Ferguson

Ferguson, from Grand Prairie, TX, has played in games all of his 4 years at Kansas State.  His playing time has decreased, largely due to the emergence of other strong defensive backs, but has been valuable in reserve with 19 career tackles.

23 – Jarard Milo

Milo was a walk on from Butler County CC in 2011 and has earned his playing time.  He played both ways in the CC ranks, but has focused on defensive back at K-State, with 68 career tackles.

24 – Nigel Malone

Throw a pass in the direction of Nigel Malone and he’ll probably pick it off.  That’s why Big XII quarterbacks have gone the other way most of the time this year opening up big opportunities for players like Ty Zimmerman and Allen Chapman. This year he’s considered to have potential for All-American and All Big 12 status as well as being a candidate for the Walter Camp, Bronko Nagurski, and Jim Thorpe awards.  Nigel transferred from City College of San Francisco and made an immediate impact at Kansas State with 11 interceptions in just 2 years.  In addition he’s had 103 tackles as well as a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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