October 16, 2006

Powercat of the game: Daniel Gonzalez

Near the end of the 2005 season then Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder singled out Daniel Gonzalez as one player he expected big things out of in 2006. Snyder may no longer be running the show in Manhattan, but he was right about Gonzalez, who is taking advantage of the opportunity he's getting under Ron Prince.

An Augusta, Kan., native, Gonzalez is seeing extended action due in part to Jordy Nelson's inability to see extended action because of injury. The junior gives K-State a similar target size-wise to the one Nelson presents - Gonzalez checks in at 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds; Nelson is listed at 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds - with good athleticism and consistent hands as well.

Gonzalez was asked after K-State's 21-3 loss to Nebraska if he felt responsible to fill in for the nicked-up Nelson.

"Definitely. Somebody has to do it," he replied. "Jordy is Jordy, and it's hard to fill shoes like that. I'm not trying to step over and do anything in spite of him, just trying to play my game."

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