August 2, 2007

Cats have choice to make at kicker

Good news for Tim Schwerdt, Brooks Rossman, Jared Parker and Josh Cherry. Each of these four players on the Kansas State roster still has ample opportunity, according to Coach Ron Prince, to become an MVP or at least noted as one of the most underrated players among the Wildcats this fall. Why? Whoever nails down the starting spot at place-kicker could become an instant weapon.

"With this new rules change, I think the person who kicks off might be, if not your most valuable player, one that might be the most underrated," Prince said in San Antonio last week. "If you can have a guy from the 30 kick the ball into the end zone you might have one of the best weapons in the league."

Prince said he expects Cherry, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound incoming freshman out of McCook, Neb., who was ranked as the No. 12 kicker in the country by Rivals.com, to compete for the starting job during fall camp.

Rossman, a 6-foot, 178-pound junior, redshirted last season after transferring from Ohio University, had an impressive spring. Schwerdt, a senior, and Parker, a junior, offer game experience, but handling kickoffs was Parker's specialty a year ago.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Parker handled kickoff duties in nine games, kicking off 32 times for 1,812 yards (56.6 avg) with 10 touchbacks. He was also the only kicker in the Big 12 to pull off two onside kicks, and recovered one try against Colorado.

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