August 29, 2007

Newcomers anxious for trip to Auburn

For Kansas State fans and players alike, there's a certain energy embedded in the week leading up to the team's season opener. However, this week feels a bit different.

Whether it's the road-game atmosphere, the attention of the national media, or the absence of an opponent most fans never thought existed, there is no arguing the fact that this year's opening game is unlike any in recent memory. Though newcomers to the Wildcat football team have never been exposed to the program's traditional non-conference schedule and will have no base for comparison, Saturday's game in Auburn will hardly feel like business as usual.

The Tiger faithful have prepared a greeting committee of nearly 87,000 to welcome K-State's 2007 class of newcomers to big-time college football, and no one affiliated with the team is expecting the new Wildcats to receive a particularly warm reception.

Talk about being thrown to the dogs … or the Cats in this particular case.

"If you're not nervous, something has to be wrong with you," said freshman wide receiver Lamark Brown, who will play his first college game in front of a crowd of 87,451 fans. "It's a lot of people, it's a lot of noise, but it's something every football player goes through no matter what level. I'll fight my way through it.

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