October 28, 2007

Notes: Gonzo steps out of shadows

Kansas State's usually narrowly focused aerial attack, which is normally centered on All-American candidate Jordy Nelson, and speedy second option Deon Murphy, received a much-needed boost from senior Daniel Gonzalez as the receiver hauled in seven passes for a career-high 104 yards in K-State's 51-13 victory over Baylor.

"It was a career game for me from a stats standpoint," said Gonzalez, who caught his first touchdown of the season on a 40-yard pass from Josh Freeman on Saturday. "I just did what I've been doing. I just did what I was supposed to do, and today turned out to be my day."

Gonzalez has 21 receptions on the season, and has gained 259 yards, but up until Saturday, the senior had been an afterthought for the Wildcats' offense. The senior has seen his action slowly increase as of late, however, and now the 6-foot-4 Gonzalez has no doubt that he has emerged as his team's third option at through the air.

"I think I've proven myself in the last couple games," he said. "I just want to get my name out there so people know I can play."

King of the catch
When it comes catching passes, nobody in the 111-year history of K-State football has been as good as Jordy Nelson over the course of a single season. Nelson, who caught eight passes for 105 yards against Baylor on Saturday, now stands alone as the school's single-season receptions leader. And his new position is one the converted safety is shocked to hold.

"Coming in as a safety, it's nothing I ever thought I would do," said Nelson, who replaced K-State great Darnell McDonald as the record holder.

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