With 13 days left until kick-off against North Dakota State we have another double feature to present you, dear reader, with both Steven West and Travis Green listed as #13 on the Spring roster (although you have to think that internally, the team is starting to figure the roster out by now). So without further ado:
Green followed teammate Jake Waters to K-State from Iowa Western Community College, helping the school bring home its first NJCAA National Championship last season and also enrolled early last spring to participate in spring drills along with Waters. Will playing both outside linebacker and strong safety for Iowa Western, he is projected to play purely at the safety position for the Wildcats. Interestingly, the recruiting services ranked him against other outside linebackers, but at 6’1″ and just 207 pounds, his position is in the defensive backfield at the D-I level.
Green had 62 tackles – including seven for loss – a forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five interceptions as a redshirt freshman at Iowa Western. The three star recruit led the White (second) Squad during the spring game with four solo tackles and four assisted tackles. He also saw some time on offense, and caught one pass from Kody Cook for eight yards during the game. Green will have a hard time breaking into a significant role on defense, but should be a solid special teams contributor.
West came to Manhattan from Keller, Texas and played football at Fossil Ridge High School in the northern suburbs of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A redshirt freshman, he also grayshirted in 2011 behind the depth of K-State’s receiving corps. His best year of high school was as a junior, when he caught 52 passes for 1,003 yards (average of 19.3 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. As a senior he once again caught 52 passes, taking them for 852 yards and ten touchdowns.
West must face a roster still stocked with talent and will have a hard time seeing the field as an underclassman. He was targeted once during the Spring Game but did not record any statistics. Green has a nice combination of size and speed, standing at 6’1″ and 190 pounds but still running a 4.41 40 yard dash. After watching the team from the sidelines for a couple years, he should be poised to contribute in 2014 or 2015.
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