5 Kansas State Wildcats to Watch This Week Against Auburn

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Oct 13, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; Kansas State Wildcats center B.J. Finney (66) looks down the line before snapping the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at Jack Trice Stadium. Kansas State defeated Iowa State 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

#66 B.J. Finney, 6-foot-4, 303 pounds, Center

Auburn fans know they have a rock at center in senior Reese Dismukes. The Tigers’ senior is a team captain, an All-SEC performer and an All-American candidate. Kansas State’s B.J. Finney has nearly the same resume. In fact, it could be even more impressive.

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  • Finney is the pre-season All-Big 12 center and can be found on every pre-season offensive lineman award watch list. He has already been named a first team Big 12 selection twice by the Associated Press, and Rivals listed him as a first team Freshman All-American in 2011.

    As a redshirt freshman, Finney started the first game of the season at right guard. The following week, he moved to center and has now started 40 consecutive games for the Wildcats at the center position. Prior to the season he was voted a team captain – making him only the fifth player in school history, and the first offensive lineman, to be named a captain in three separate seasons.

    And, Finney came to Manhattan as a walk-on. That makes three of our five Kansas State Wildcats to watch that came to campus without a scholarship. It continues a long standing tradition under the great Bill Snyder that has consistently allowed the Wildcats to exceed expectations on the field.

    Thursday night, these five players will lead the Kansas State Wildcats against the Auburn Tigers. They will have the home crowd behind them in sold out Bill Snyder Family Stadium and a national television audience watching on ESPN.

    Can the Tigers overcome them and win on the road? Let us know in the comments below.