Lunchtime links: Walk-on Harrell emerges in KSU lineup
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
There's a heartwarming story in this morning's Topeka Capital-Journal that says a lot about human perseverance.
And also how far recruiting has dropped at Kansas State.
KSU beat writer Austin Meek has the interesting tale about walk-on cornerback Rashad Harrell's long, strange route into the Wildcats' starting lineup. Harrell played high school football at Miami Central High School, where he sustained an ankle injury that scared away most college recruiters.
From there, Harrell ended up at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minn. -- a distance of 1,728 miles from his home and several layers of clothing that were added, I'm sure.
After he finished there, he ended up at Clemson as a preferred walk-on. The high cost of going to school there sent him back home before surfacing again as a walk-on at KSU.
"He wasn't a recruited walk-on," Kansas State coach Ron Prince told the Capital-Journal. "He was a guy who came and tried out for the team. I was like, 'Oh, great. That's awesome.' Next thing you know, he's out there. He's tough as nails. He's still learning how to play at this level, but I appreciate his effort."
Harrell was in the Wildcats' starting lineup for Saturday's 58-28 loss to Texas Tech, providing two tackles against the Red Raiders' challenging pass defense.
Here are a few other stories around the conference at lunch today. See, it's not all about Texas-Oklahoma this week, is it?
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell writes about the changing expectations in Missouri's program.
- Texas Tech players remembered their monumental 70-10 victory over Nebraska -- still the largest margin of defeat in Cornhusker history. Amazingly, Tech led that 2004 game in Lubbock only 21-10 at the half. The only player left from that game on Nebraska's roster is quarterback Beau Davis, who struggled with turnovers on his first five series in that game, posting a passing efficiency rating of minus-74.9.
- Veteran Colorado beat writer B.G. Brooks of the Rocky Mountain News said the Buffaloes are about where he thought they would be when he made his preseason prediction on their season.
- In nine of the last 10 games between Texas and Oklahoma, the team that won the turnover battle won the game. That's placing increased emphasis on both teams.
- Iowa State is bracing to contain the world-class speed of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin.
- Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman provides everything you need to know about Texas-Oklahoma game in a detailed question-and-answer analysis of the game.