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In September 2017, Randy Stafford walked into a public forum of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), prepared to ask several questions about the public safety and environmental impacts of the future toll road that will run through northwest Arvada.

Those questions would lead him to months of presentations, discussions and plans — and, naturally, more questions — after that first meeting prompted Stafford to apply for the Jefferson Parkway Advisory Committee (JPAC).

“I decided on the spur of the moment, ‘I’m going to be on this committee,’” he said. “And the reason I was applying was public safety.”

JPAC was a committee of community members, formed by the JPPHA, to give feedback on parkway plans. JPAC’s work culminated with official recommendations made to the JPPHA board in November 2018.

Stafford’s concerns — which include environmental changes and plutonium contamination along the portion of the parkway next to Rocky Flats — echo the concerns of some in the Jefferson County community. Those community members question what the coming construction and permanent parkway will mean for nearby citizens, wildlife and future generations.

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For Colorado State University Professor Emeritus David Hendricks, who lives near 80th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, the Jefferson Parkway represents “an irreversible change in the environment,” he said.

“The freeway will permanently mar the present incomparable scenic vistas, as seen, for example, while driving C-93,” he said. “Such mountain views are unique to Colorado and a major reason that people are attracted to our environment.”

To be sure, views in Arvada will change near the highway, which will be four lanes wide and roughly 10 miles long.

But the proponents and planners behind the parkway have stood by its location, saying a purpose of the road is to fill in the last remaining gap of the beltway that loops around the Denver area.

One parkway planner, David Jones, an Arvada city councilmember and chairman of the JPPHA board, acknowledged the potential landscape changes the parkway will bring — he’ll be able to see the parkway from his backyard in Leyden Rock, he said. But for him, the benefits of the location warrant the change.

“It will help to move traffic around the city, and it’s a piece of the puzzle that needs to be completed,” he said.

He added that the board has taken JPAC recommendations, including requiring sound and light mitigation along the part of the road near Leyden Rock, to address citizens’ concerns.

Jones’ neighbors will likewise find themselves living on the edge of the parkway, with some of their houses less than 200 feet from the road, according to a calculation by Leyden Rock resident Brett Vernon based on a map of the proposed parkway.

An update on the City and County of Broomfield’s website on Sept. 1 indicated that the construction of the Jefferson Parkway — which earlier this year seemed to be on the horizon — is farther away than anticipated.

The post went up days after the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA) alerted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to its findings that some soil in the parkway’s planned route tested for elevated levels of plutonium.

“Given the recent test results and the (Broomfield) Council’s feedback, the Parkway is not moving forward at this time,” the statement reads.

The finding was part of a soil study the JPPHA launched in May, which was driven by several factors, including community member concerns about the road’s proposed path near the former Rocky Flats site. Community groups Rocky Flats Right to Know, the Rocky Flats Downwinders and others have worried that the toll road’s construction will stir up plutonium buried near the site, putting nearby citizens at higher risk of developing cancer.

Because of these health concerns, Broomfield City Council members planned to hold a discussion and vote on whether to continue the city’s membership in the JPPHA and fund roughly $2 million extra requested for the project this year. Broomfield is one of three JPPHA members, along with the City of Arvada and Jefferson County.

Broomfield had tentatively scheduled its decision for September. However, plans changed after the discovery of a potential plutonium hotspot along Indiana Street.

“The soil sample was no surprise to me. Plutonium doesn’t go away,” said Bonnie Graham-Reed with Rocky Flats Right to Know. Areas surrounding Rocky Flats, like Indiana Street, were “never `cleaned up’ – there was no cleanup, except at the actual plant site.”

In its update, Broomfield said the discussion will not occur this month as the city awaits more information about plutonium levels in the area.

“There are no on-going activities to further the selection of a private partner for the Jefferson Parkway,” the statement said, which goes on to say that the city has no scheduled ordinances nor resolutions regarding the parkway, aside from possible financial support for more testing.

Looming city election

The delay represents just one link in a chain reaction of setbacks: though the JPPHA had aimed to select a private partner to run the road this summer, the authority has waited on Broomfield’s decision; and though Broomfield had wanted to make its decision in September, the council has postponed discussion until the JPPHA’s soil sampling test is complete.

Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens holds the decision “was directly related to wanting to get better data” on the soil samples, disputing the claim that the delay had anything to do with the upcoming election.

But some opponents, such as Jeff Staniszewski and those in his group, the Movement to Stop Jefferson Parkway, question the timing of the Broomfield delay.

“We believe the Broomfield City Council would have voted down the appropriation (of the additional $2 million),” he said. “The mayor has pulled the proposal for the time being knowing the November elections might result in a Jefferson-Parkway-friendly city council.”

Mayor Ahrens disputes such a motivation.

“I’ve heard that a few times and find the claim nonsensical,” Ahrens said. “Now that we have experienced an anomaly, we are looking for guidance from the CDHPE after the test results are presented.”

As for when that might be, the analysis of every sample — there are more than 200 — “will not be completed until late this year,” said Bill Ray, the executive director of the JPPHA. “The lab can only process 40 samples at a time and the analysis takes at least three weeks.”

In a public statement, Ray said that, even with recent events, “the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority Board of Directors has taken no action to change its approach to next steps with the Parkway. After the Board has the results of all samples and received appropriate direction from CDPHE, it will determine next steps for the highway and its process of selecting a contractor.”

Brett Vernon, founder of community group Neighbors of the Parkway, said that many may find the situation and plutonium discovery troubling, himself and his fellow group members included.

However, to him, time will ultimately tell whether the plans are safe or not, he said.

“The JPPHA has stated that the health of the community is paramount, and so far their actions are fully supportive of that statement,” he said. “Utilization of independent experts will be important to (ensure) that environmental concerns related to Rocky Flats are understood.”

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According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears added two voidable years to Fuller’s deal — which extends the length of his contract to 2023. He’ll receive a $7.5 million option bonus and a $4.5 million base salary in 2020 instead of a $7 million base salary and $6 million in bonuses.

What does all this mean? His 2020 cap hit will be $6 million less (from $17.5 million to $11.5 million) than it was before the new contract.

It’s a creative manipulation of contract terms by Bears GM Ryan Pace. Fuller’s re-worked deal, plus the potential decision to move on from fellow cornerback Prince Amukamara (the Bears can save $9 million if they decide to part ways), will immediately put them in a much better salary-cap position entering free agency.

Chicago can save another $8.1 million if they decline the option year in guard Kyle Long’s contract, too.

With needs at tight end, offensive line and potentially quarterback — all high-priced free-agent targets — the Bears need as much spending power as possible. In order to get there, moves like Pace made with Fuller, as well as more emotional decisions to end player-tenures with the team, will continue to take place over the coming weeks.

The Bears carved out some cap room, with a little help from Kyle Fuller. The team added two voidable years to the cornerback’s contract, creating some fiscal flexibility in 2020, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes.

Fuller’s original contract ran through 2021 with $13M coming in 2020 and a cap hit of $17.5M. In the revised pact, he’ll get a $7.5M option bonus, prorated over five years. Meanwhile, his base salary for 2020 will go down to $4.5M, lowering his cap hit to $11.5M. All in all, it means $6M in additional cap room for the Bears as they retool their roster in the spring. Then, in 2021, Fuller’s cap hit will jump from $18.5M to $20M.

As of this writing, the Bears have about $16M in cap space. They’ll likely shed some other veteran contracts between now and the start of free agency, giving them more room to work with.

Fuller, 28 in February, earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro nods for his work in 2018, including a league-leading seven interceptions. In 2019, he started in all 16 games and came away with three INTs.

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Joseph Louis Neal, a 39-year-old black man, died Sunday, May 20, after he was shot in the 8500 block of Cimarron Street in Manchester Square, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 10:30 p.m. on May 19, Neal along with a group of more than 30 people, were gathered at a car wash and strip mall at a candlelight vigil for a person who died in federal prison of natural causes, said Los Angeles Police Det. Chris Barling.

A dark-colored sedan approached, driving north on Cimarron Street from Manchester Avenue, and a person fired multiple rounds, striking Neal and Shauntrell Darnell Matthews Jr., 21, Barling said.

The car continued north, police said. Neal was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:16 a.m. the next day. Matthews was pronounced dead at 10:38 p.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.Louis Neal Jersey For Sale

Investigators are looking into whether a gang in the area may have targeted the group because they assumed the group was part of a rival gang, Barling said. The vigil being held was for a gang member, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Cliff Christl started gathering oral histories with former Packers and others associated with the team in 2000 and will continue to gather them as Packers historian. Excerpts from those interviews will be periodically posted at

Al Carmichael played for the Packers from 1953 to 1958 and was best remembered for his record-setting, 106-yard kickoff return in 1956. A first-round draft choice in 1953, Carmichael played mostly right halfback in a three-back set, but made his biggest impact returning kickoffs and punts. He led the Packers in kickoff returns in five of his six seasons and in punt returns three times. He also led the NFL in kickoff returns in 1955 with a 29.9 average. On Oct. 7, 1956, his 106-yard return against the Chicago Bears at old City Stadium set an NFL record that stood for 51 years. Although twice tied, the record wasn’t broken until Ellis Hobbs of New England returned a kickoff 108 yards in 2007. Carmichael’s return stood as a Packers record for 55 years. Randall Cobb finally broke it with a 108-yard return in 2011. When Carmichael’s career in Green Bay ended, he held NFL records for most career kickoff returns and most career kickoff return yardage. Carmichael played in 68 games for the Packers before being waived on Aug. 26, 1959, a month into Vince Lombardi’s first training camp. In 1960, when the American Football League was formed, Carmichael signed with Denver and played two more seasons. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974.

On his 106-yard kickoff return: “All I remember about it was I went up the middle, broke to the left and went up the sideline. In later years, I went back there to be inducted into the Green Bay (Packers) Hall of Fame. And in there, the Hall of Fame building, they ran famous plays and that particular run was in there. I swear, I must have been hit five or six times. I never realized it. I had no idea I had gone that far. I was elated I had made a touchdown. But I didn’t realize until the game was over that I had gone that far.”

On any backstories to the play: “Normally, we’re reprimanded if we run it out deep in the end zone. But I had gotten in an argument with a coach (Lisle Blackbourn). He and I had words in the locker room and I came out kind of mad about everything. I said, ‘If I go back on a kickoff, I don’t care where it goes, I’m going to run out.’ The other back, I think it was Jack Losch, kept warning me not to do it and I decided on it anyway. The interesting thing was that as I was stepping back with my right foot, I thought I had stepped over the end line. I looked down, looked at the referee and he motioned it was legal. So I took off.”

On the Packers-Bears rivalry in the 1950s and Bears’ enforcer Ed Sprinkle, a defensive end: “Gib Dawson was a halfback (in 1953) and they told us not to swing close to him because he had a method of upper-cutting you and hooking you under the chin. That was allowed in those days. A lot of things were allowed in those days. But Dawson swung too close and Sprinkle got him under the chin. The poor guy (Dawson) pulled two hamstrings and he could hardly walk thereafter. He could never do much after that. It pretty much ruined his career.”

On Gene Ronzani, his head coach as a rookie: “Having only played under him one year, he seemed kind of lax. He wasn’t as much of a disciplinarian as Lisle Blackbourn. Blackbourn came in and it was a real change. But Blackbourn had to build a team. He had to beef up the offensive and defensive lines. By the time (Vince) Lombardi came in, he had a lot of the players that Blackbourn had drafted.”

On co-coaches Hugh Devore and Scooter McLean running the team for the final two games in 1953 after Ronzani was fired: “There was a lot of chaos. The players kind of lost heart. I think the coaching staff kind of lost heart. It was, ‘Let’s play the games and get them over with.’”

On Blackbourn, his coach from 1954-57: “He was a pretty good coach. He had an eye for talent.”

On McLean, backfield coach from 1951-57 and then his head coach during the disastrous 1-10-1, 1958 season: “As an assistant coach, he chummed around with a lot of the players. Then when he took over as head coach, he still fraternized with the players. That doesn’t go over. You have to maintain control and discipline. When you fraternize, they don’t have as much respect for you. It’s like the military where you have the enlisted men and the officers. He’d play cards with them, drink beer with them coming back from games. (The players) did things behind his back. There wasn’t much respect. Kidding around, joking. Guys were getting away with too much.”

On training camp under McLean: “The workouts weren’t very hard. Everything was very lackadaisical.”

On the Packers’ 56-0 loss to the Baltimore Colts in 1958: “I think the thing that broke the camel’s back was that vicious game in Baltimore. From that point on, we might just as well have packed our bags and gone home. We couldn’t do anything right. Dropped passes. Fumbles at the worst time. During that season we got more and more demoralized. The minute we got scored on after that game, it was like we gave up.”

On never playing for a winning team during his six seasons in Green Bay: “The year with Scooter was something that started way back with Ronzani. It rolled over and rolled over. Lisle Blackbourn tried his best to straighten it out and drafted good players, but by the time he had a good team, he had a fallout with the board of directors as I understand it and they fired him. It was an attitude. At the beginning of the year, everybody was hoping that we’d have a good year. Then we’d start losing and get that run (of losses) again.”

On the executive committee’s involvement: “The committee and board of directors had an awful lot to say in the direction of the team and having power over the coach. I think they kind of ran the ball club from the sideline and that was a problem. I think the coaches prior to Lombardi were controlled by the board of directors.”

On splitting time with fellow halfbacks Breezy Reid and Veryl Switzer for part of his career: “I was rotated in and out all the time. Half the time, I didn’t know if I’d be used as a left half or right half. Sometimes I was used as a wideout. I was on special teams, kickoff and punt returns. They were looking for a breakaway runner, but none of us did a lot. Our line wasn’t really that strong.”

On Reid, who played for the Packers from 1950 to 1956: “He wasn’t a threat. If he broke away, they could catch him pretty easy. Breezy wasn’t that fast, but he was quick and made some yardage. He was a bread-and-butter runner. He made the yards when you needed them, but you never looked for Breezy to break away.”

On Veryl Switzer, who showed promise in 1954 and ’55 before being drafted into the Air Force: “I felt he never got a fair shake. We had a few colored players on our team and he kind of got shoved around. He was on special teams and did a good job running back punts and kickoffs. He was a threat because he was pretty fast.”

On Joe Johnson, another back who was part of the rotation: “He was a good receiver. Joe was like I was. We were being shifted around so much, we never locked into one position.”

On end Billy Howton, the team’s offensive star during his years with the Packers: “Bill had a lot more speed than the defensive backs realized. He had such a gait where they misjudged his speed and he seemed to get open a lot of the time. He had good hands. Bill got involved in the political end of things and tried to organize the players to get together, and complain and demand certain things. He got together and held meetings with other teams. And the owners I think frowned on it. So Bill got a reputation as a troublemaker. I think that’s why Lombardi got rid of him. I think Bill and Tobin (Rote) used to get together and make demands of the coaching staff when they thought things weren’t right.”

On Rote, the Packers’ quarterback from 1950 to 1956: “He was strong. He was tough. He was a good passer. He was a good quarterback. The only bad thing was that he had too much power. Besides being the quarterback, he had too much influence over the coaches. A lot of times, I thought he had a lot to say about different players. If he liked you, it was fine. If he didn’t like you, you were in trouble.”

On a fight between Rote and line coach Lou Rymkus in 1954: “They got to slugging it out. I don’t know what caused it, but I saw it. It was over in a minute. It was just a couple of punches and that was it. But it wasn’t right.”

On Babe Parilli, the Packers’ No. 1 draft pick in 1952 who also started games at quarterback in the 1950s: “I think he was on par with Tobin, but Tobin had a better relationship with the coaching staff. Tobin was stronger than Babe physically.”

On Bobby Garrett, Cleveland’s No. 1 pick in the 1954 draft and then quickly traded to Green Bay by Paul Brown: “Lisle Blackbourn was bragging about it because he had traded off a tackle – I think it was a tackle – who was injured. I don’t know what the other conditions were. But I remember when Bobby Garrett came to us, he started to stutter when he got excited in the huddle. When he was calling the plays, he’d start to stutter and some of the players couldn’t get the play down. We’d have like a 28-MO or something. He’d go, ‘Twenty-eeeeeight. Mmmm, Ooooo.’ One day in the huddle, Jim Ringo reached up and slammed him in the helmet and it was like moving a needle on a record. Then, it would come out. He’d start to stutter and (Ringo would) hit him on the helmet and he’d rattle off the play as it should be. He was a pretty good passer. I don’t think he was that mobile.”

On Howie Ferguson, starting fullback for most of the 1950s: “He wasn’t tricky. He didn’t shift gears or change direction too quick. He was put the head down and plow forward. And if the hole wasn’t there, he’d make one.”

On Fred Cone, who also started at fullback at times: “He was a straight-ahead runner (like Ferguson). Once they got on track, they wouldn’t deviate. They’d run over you. Pretty strong runners.”

On former teammates Max McGee and Paul Hornung: “McGee never talked behind anyone’s back. He was never a rabble-rouser. He was an easygoing type of guy, but he sure could catch that ball. Paul kind of got despondent under Blackbourn and more so under McLean because they didn’t play him at the right spot. And I think he made mention that he wasn’t going to come back to Green Bay. But I guess Lombardi got him back in. They were just fun-loving guys. They didn’t knock the team. They didn’t knock the coaches. They were just good guys.”

On Lombardi’s first training camp in 1959: “It was very difficult. Physically, it was difficult. He had a very tough training camp. I went through a lot of training camps, but never anything like that.”

On his relationship with Lombardi: “He didn’t want anybody he couldn’t control. If he said jump, you said, ‘How far?’ He’d say 10 feet and you jumped 10 feet.”

On getting cut by Lombardi: “I went through training camp, all the way out to San Francisco for the (second) exhibition game. I didn’t play at all and I knew the handwriting was on the wall. After the game, he called me in and told me he was going to let me go. He thought I had put in some good years, but that I was lucky to last as long as I did. He said they had some younger players and it was good for them financially.”

On his years in Green Bay: “I don’t want to cry sour apples or anything. But I think the biggest problem was changing coaching staffs as many times as they did in the few years I was there. I felt I got shuttled around a lot.”

Carmichael died in 2019 at age 90. The above excerpts were taken from interviews conducted in 1996 and 2001.

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The last decade of football at Kansas State has been rather exciting for fans, players and coaches alike. Between a Big 12 Championship, a few major upsets and some bowl wins, there has been a lot to cheer about as a Wildcat fan.

Bill Snyder 2.0 led the Wildcats through the majority of this decade, and then Chris Klieman came in for the final year of the decade. Between the two coaches, K-State compiled an 81-47 record and reached nine bowl games, including this year’s Liberty Bowl appearance, which is just a few days away. There has been tons to cheer for as K-State fans. And that’s largely because of the players on the field.

We cracked open the history books, looked back at some of the best careers for players over the last ten years of K-State football and decided which players have left the biggest impact on the K-State football program.

With the decade ending in just a few days, here is a look back at the all-time starting defense over the last decade at K-State:


Jordan Willis
Former defensive end Jordan Willis
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Jordan Willis goes down as one of the toughest forces to stop on a K-State defensive line in history. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Willis finished his career with 113 tackles, 39.5 for loss, and 25.5 sacks to push for the top of the list in school history. Willis was named a Second Team All-American, a First Team All-Big 12 player and the Big 12 Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the year.


Ryan Mueller
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Throughout his career in Manhattan, Ryan Mueller caused headaches for opposing offensive linemen. He had 116 tackles in his career (60 of which came in 2013 alone), 28.5 for loss and 16.5 sacks. Mueller was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2013 and 2014, a Second Team All-American in 2013, the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2013 and Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big 12 in 2014.


Former defensive tackle Travis Britz
For three consecutive years, Travis Britz found a way to blow up plays from his defensive tackle spot. He steadily improved over his career, finishing with 111 tackles, 24.5 for loss and 10 sacks. As a sophomore and junior, Britz was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 pick, and then a Second Team All-Big 12 pick in 2015. He is now back in Manhattan as a graduate assistant on Chris Klieman’s staff.


Will Geary was a handful for opposing lines
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Nobody expected a walk-on from Topeka to make as much of an impact as Will Geary did, but for four years, Geary proved people wrong. A four-year starter, Geary totaled 164 tackles, 25.5 for loss and 11 sacks. Throughout his career, he was First Team All-Big 12 three times, First Team All-American in 2017 and an Honorable Mention pick for Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017.

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Former linebacker Arthur Brown
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Although he was only at K-State for two seasons, Arthur Brown might be in the mix for the best defensive player of the decade in Manhattan. Over just two seasons, Brown had 201 tackles, 16.5 for loss and three sacks. Brown was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-American and First Team All-Big 12 in 2012, as well as First Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011.

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Elijah Lee was one of the better recruits in the 2014 class for K-State
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Perhaps no defensive player bust onto the scene faster than Elijah Lee did. Taking the field as a true freshman in 2014, he went from 19 tackles, to 80, to 110 in his three-year career before going to the NFL. Lee finished with 209 tackles, 18.5 for loss and 11 sacks. He was Honorable Mention Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2014, First Team All-Big 12 and Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.


Former defensive back Randall Evans
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As Randall Evans got older, nobody wanted to throw his way. He went from no interceptions as a freshman, to one as a sophomore, two as a junior and then four his senior year. Evans also recorded 210 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and two sacks. He was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2014 and then picked in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.


Nigel Malone came to Kansas State from the junior college ranks and logged back-to-back significant numbers for interceptions.
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After transferring in from junior college, Nigel Malone had a stellar career, even if it was just two years in Manhattan. He totaled 109 tackles and 12 interceptions, seven in 2011 and then five in 2012. Malone was a First Team All-Big 12 pick and Third Team All-American in 2011, and then was named Second Team All-Big 12 and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012.


Former cornerback D.J. Reed
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Another junior college transfer, D.J. Reed was nothing short of a lockdown defender in his career. He had seven interceptions over his two-year career, while also recording 125 tackles, five of which were for loss. Reed was First Team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the year in 2016. As a junior in 2017, He was a First Team All-Big 12 and Second Team All-American pick, as a defensive back alone. That doesn’t count his multiple special teams awards.

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Former safety Dante Barnett
After being forced onto the field at a young age because of injuries to other players, Dante Barnett blossomed into a special defensive back at K-State. He finished with eight interceptions, four of which came in 2013 alone. He also had 242 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and one sack. Barnett was the Defensive MVP of the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Second Team All-Big 12 in 2014 and Third Team All-Big 12 in 2016.


Ty Zimmerman
From the start of his career until the end of it, Ty Zimmerman was always a force to be reckoned with. He had 13 interceptions in his career, two of which were returned for scores. He recorded 257 tackles, 11 of which were for loss. Zimmerman was an All-Big 12 selection all four years, including twice as a First Team pick, Second Team All-American twice and an Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year pick.

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By D. SCOTT FRITCHENFri Jan 03 2020

Although Skylar Thompson heads toward his senior season and could become the first quarterback in Kansas State history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 1,000 more in a career, the experience level is low among the other quarterbacks, as the Wildcats creep toward spring football.

That makes the winter and spring important for Nick Ast, Jaren Lewis and soon-to-be-arriving mid-year enrollee Will Howard, the 19th-rated pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class.

“It’ll be interesting because this spring will be a huge, huge spring for us,” K-State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham said. “Obviously, Nick and Jaren need to have really, really good springs. Skylar can still grow, especially mentally, of who we are offensively. Then we’re going to obviously have (Howard), who will be here this spring, and that’ll give him a jump ahead as far as trying to learn the offense and trying to feel comfortable in his skin when he’s making calls.

“It’ll be an important spring for us from a quarterback standpoint.”

The K-State quarterback room gradually shrank during the 2019 season as John Holcombe, the 13th-best dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018, and Chris Herron, the nation’s 11th-rated dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019, each entered the transfer portal in a span of three months.

“The transfer portal affects our position a lot more than other people’s just because there’s one guy playing,” Thompson said. “It’s not a patient world.”

However, the K-State quarterback world appears to be getting exciting, for all of the right reasons, as the Wildcats prepare for the future.

As Thompson prepares for his senior season in 2020, Chris Klieman on Wednesday picked up a verbal commitment from 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jake Rubley, a native of Littleton, Colo., the No. 141-rated player overall in the 2021 Class and No. 10-rated pro-style quarterback by 247Sports. Rubley, in carrying a 0.9479 rating by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, would be the highest-rated quarterback to sign at K-State since Josh Freeman (0.9583) in 2006.

As K-State focuses on the 2020 season, the emphasis goes to the further development of Ast, Lewis and Howard.

Ast completed 3-of-3 passes for 28 yards during the 2019 season and quarterbacks coach Collin Klein in October said that he was “very confident” in Ast’s ability to lead the offense if necessary.

“He’s got some different skill sets than Skylar does and we’d make the game plan fit those skill sets,” Klein said. “I can promise you there’s no one that prepares harder than Nick. He’s up there every single night after practice watching all of the tape and studying his butt off. We’ll go to work.”Ty Zimmerman Jersey For Sale


The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Lewis joined the Wildcats in the early signing period in 2018. A second-team all-state selection out of Battle (Mo.) High School, Lewis threw for 2,895 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 700 yards and 11 scores after leading the Spartans to the Class 5 state semifinals. Lewis also threw for 1,962 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior and finished his career with 980 rushing yards.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Three Lowcountry natives had their names called as they seek another chance in pro football during the 1st day of the XFL Draft on Tuesday.

John’s Island native Edmond Robinson, Wando alum Gimel President and Beaufort alum Devin Taylor each will be getting a shot in the league being revamped by WWE CEO Vince McMahon.

Robinson was the first to be selected during the afternoon. The St. John’s alum and former Newberry star was taken in the 3rd round of the Defensive Front portion of the draft with the 6th pick by the Houston Roughnecks. Robinson, who had stints in the NFL after college with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals will be playing in his 2nd different league in 2 years. He was part of the short-lived Alliance of American Football (AAF) earlier this season.

President was taken in the 7th round of the Defensive Front draft by the St. Louis Battlehawks. President, who played collegiately at Auburn and Illinois, has had stints in the NFL with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.

Finally Taylor was taken with the last pick of the Defensive Front portion of the draft, the 8th pick of the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Vipers. 2nd team All-SEC back in 2010 at South Carolina, Taylor would play 5 seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. He also played in the AAF this season for the Birmingham Iron.

Other notables taken on the 1st day include former Clemson offensive lineman Isaiah Battle who was taken by the Seattle Dragons and former South Carolina State OL Justin Evans who was picked by the Dallas Renegades.Edmond Robinson Jersey For Sale

The XFL is scheduled to begin play on February 8th, 2020.

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POCATELLO, Idaho — Several Pocatello residents say they’ve had unauthorized funds taken from their bank accounts — after the city’s billing system was hacked.

The Idaho State Journal reports Pocatello police say several people who pay their municipal utility bills online with a debit or credit card have reported losses ranging from thirty dollars to thousands of dollars.

Pocatello city spokesman Logan McDougall says the city is working with its billing system vendor, Click2Gov, to investigate the matter.

Police Sgt. Brian McClure says police discovered the security breach when they noticed similar unauthorized payments from California, while investigating several fraud cases.

City officials won’t release details of the timeline of the hack, citing the ongoing investigation. In a prepared statement, city officials said they are working with the contractor and cybersecurity experts to determine the scope of the hack.

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Former Kiski Area all-state football player Mike Halapin leads a list of 10 inductees and one team at this year’s Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

The induction banquet will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington.

Halapin was part of the 1990 conference championship team that made it to the WPIAL semifinals before heading to Pitt on a football scholarship.

He also was Comcast Channel 3/PNC Bank Football Player of the Year in 1990 and later played in the NFL with the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints.

Here are the other inductees with their Kiski Area graduation year in parentheses:

• Ralph Antenucci (1965) — A linebacker and fullback on the first undefeated football team from 1964, he went on to coach football, track and tennis at Kiski Area. He coached a WPIAL team track champion and a PIAA runner-up in 1988.

• April Allensworth Bell (1999) — In addition to earning four track letters and one in basketball, she was a WPIAL champion in the 100 and 200 meter runs. She also was a member of the Cavaliers’ WPIAL-champion 400 relay team and set the Duquesne record in the 50-yard dash.

• Laura Berberich (1983) — Kiski Area swim team MVP for three seasons, she earned seven letters in swimming and volleyball. She was Kiski Area’s 1982-83 Female Athlete of the Year and later swam at Allegheny College.

• Richard Booker (1972) — A standout in gymnastics, football and track, he was the state gymnastics champion in the long horse. He later lettered in track and gymnastics at West Virginia.

• Marc Calderone (1981) — After earning eight varsity letters in football, tennis and basketball, the quarterback was Foothills Conference MVP in 1980. A top-ranked tennis player for three seasons, he later went on to Allegheny College, where he lettered eight times in football and tennis.

• Jessica Mohammed Carter (2000) — She earned 12 varsity letters in track, cross country and swimming. She was Westmoreland County’s Scholar-Athlete of the year in 2000. She was a member of the WPIAL’s silver medalist team in the 3,200-meter relay run in 1998. She went on to run cross country and swim at the U.S. Naval Academy.

• Mike Meighan (1966) — A football and track standout at Kiski Area, he earned a football scholarship to Kentucky and coached high school football in the Bluegrass State for 34 years.

• Anthony Nicholas (Vandergrift 1951) — He earned two football letters for the Blue Lancers before serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He later played football for four years at Indiana (Pa.) and coached football for 23 years and track for nine years at Kiski Area.

• Dayna Shelkey (1998) — A multi-sport standout who earned nine letters in softball, soccer and basketball, she was all-section in softball three straight seasons with the Cavaliers and later played soccer and softball at Mercyhurst.

• The 1982 boys gymnastics team, the state runner-up that season, also will be honored.

The hall of fame also will honor the Charlie Club, an exceptional group of businessmen that held various football fundraisers to supplement the program for nearly 30 years.

To obtain banquet tickets, call Tony Nicholas at 724-727-2527.

George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After a 2.5-sack performance against the Lions, rookie defensive end Dre’Mont Jones has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

This is the first time in Jones’ young career that he has been awarded the conference recognition.

Jones, who helped the Broncos hold the Lions to fewer than 200 total yards in a 27-17 win, is the second Bronco to earn the honor this season. Kareem Jackson earned the award after the Broncos’ Week 14 win in Houston.

The third-round pick from Ohio State, who tallied five tackles and the 2.5 sacks, is the third rookie this season to be named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He joins Pittsburgh’s Devin Bush (Week 6) and Oakland’s Maxx Crosby (Week 11).

LB D.J. Williams and OLB Von Miller are the only other Broncos to receive the award as rookies. This is the 35th time a Bronco has earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Jones has tallied 14 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and two passes defensed in 13 games this season.

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Former Miami Hurricanes cornerback Phillip Buchanon, a member of the historic 2001 national championship team, was one three football players and eight new members overall announced as inductees in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 2020 class on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.
Former Miami Hurricanes cornerback Phillip Buchanon, a member of the historic 2001 national championship team, was one three football players and eight new members overall announced as inductees in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 2020 class on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (ROBERT DUYOS / Sun Sentinel)
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame announced its eight-member 2020 class on Monday.

Three football players — Jay Brophy, Phillip Buchanon and Kevin Williams — were added, along with Yasmani Grandal (baseball), Johnny Hemsley (men’s basketball), Brittney Steinbruch (women’s soccer), Laura Vallverdu (women’s tennis) and Mike Ward (track and field).

“What an amazing 2020 class we are inducting into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame,” said hall president Richard Horton. “These outstanding athletes will be honored at our induction banquet next spring. We invite all Hurricane fans to join us in welcoming this latest class.”

The 52nd annual induction banquet date in the spring will be announced at a later time. The inductees will be introduced in an on-field ceremony at the end of the first quarter of the Miami-Virginia Tech football game at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday.

Brophy (1979, 81-83) was the heart and soul of the defense for the 1983 national championship-winning Hurricanes. That season, the linebacker who was named a first-team All-American by The Football News led the team with 133 tackles and three interceptions after also amassing a team-high 135 tackles in 1982. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft and played four professional seasons.

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Buchanon (1999-2001) was a starting cornerback on the historic 2001 national championship team. Also big in the return game, Buchanon was Big East Special Teams Player of the Year that season, was named an All-American as a punt return specialist by ABC Sports after averaging 14.9 yards per punt return and returning two for touchdowns. Buchanon was a first-round pick in the 2002 NFL draft and posted 20 interceptions over 10 pro seasons with five teams.

Williams (1990-92) was an explosive kick returner who was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1991. Also the Big East Special Teams Player of the Year that season, Williams holds the school’s single-game record of 217 return yards in a game against Penn State. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Anytime you’re a college football Hall of Famer anywhere — but certainly at the University of Miami as a football player — certainly, you’re in high company with those guys, so congratulations to all three,” Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said Monday.

Grandal (2008-10) was the ACC Player of the Year in baseball in 2010 as he led the conference in batting average (.401), on-base percentage (.527) and slugging percentage (.721). That year, he was named an All-American by three different publications, won the Gold Glove award at catcher and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Award.

Hemsley (1996-2000) helped the Hurricanes reach four consecutive postseason appearances in men’s basketball. He was named first-team All-Big East and the conference’s Most Improved Player as a junior that averaged 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 1998-99. He holds eight school records for career NCAA Tournament play, including points, field goals made and 3-pointers.

Steinbruch (2007-10) was ACC Freshman of the Year in women’s soccer in 2010 when she also became Miami’s first All-ACC first-team selection. She holds school records for career points (80), goals (36), shots (325) and game-winning goals (15).

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Vallverdu (2007-10) was a five-time All-American (four singles, one doubles) in women’s tennis. She won the 2010 Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top player in the sport, as well as the 2010 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award. Leaving UM as the school’s all-time record holder in singles victories (131) and total victories (236), she is now third and second in the two categories, respectively.

Ward (1992-2008) was Miami’s head men’s track and field coach from 1997 until his retirement in 2008 after serving six years as an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field teams. He was Big East Coach of the Year in 1998 while helping fellow hall member Davian Clarke to the national title in the 400 meters. Ward coached 30 Big East/ACC conference champions and seven All-Americans and coached UM football greats on the track, including Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Ed Reed and Devin Hester.

With the additions, the UMSHOF now has 334 student-athletes members.