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K-State football opens spring practices

By The Mercury

The Kansas State football team got on the practice field for the first time this spring on Wednesday afternoon as the Wildcats conducted the first of 14 practices leading up to the annual spring game on April 26.

K-State returns 41 letterwinners — 17 on offense, 21 on defense and three specialists — from a team that turned a 2-4 start to the 2013 season into an 8-5 finish that was capped by a 31-14 victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The Wildcats won six of their final seven games as they became just the eighth FBS team in the BCS era (1998) to start a season 2-4 or worse and finish with eight wins. Additionally, K-State won its first bowl game in 11 years.

The Wildcats also bring back 14 starters from the 2013 season, including eight that earned All-Big 12 honors. Highlighting the list is a pair of Second-Team All-Americans in Tyler Lockett and Ryan Mueller, who were also named the 2013 Big 12 Special Teams and Defensive Lineman of the Year, respectively.

Tickets for the spring game — which kicks starts at 1:10 p.m. — are general admission and priced at $5 with children under the age of 2 being admitted at no charge.

Football season ticket holders who renewed their season tickets prior to the March 28 early bird deadline will be mailed two complimentary spring game tickets per account.

K-State students who order their student pass on iSIS prior to April 25 will be able to pick up a free ticket prior to the game on the east side of the stadium at Gate T.

Students who have not bought a student pass may purchase a spring game ticket for $5.

The ticket booths on both the east and west sides of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, along with the stadium gates, will open at 11:30 a.m.

K-State opens the 2014 season on Aug. 30 when the Wildcats host Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The sixth annual K-State Family Reunion game is the start of a seven-game home slate that’s highlighted by a Thursday night primetime matchup against BCS national championship runnerup Auburn on Sept. 18.

K-State will also host Big 12 foes Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas this next season.

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