Kansas State junior defensive end Ryan Mueller came up big again on Saturday, and it earned him recognition for the second straight week.
Mueller was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week again Monday, after finishing with five tackles and a career-high three sacks against the nations’ No. 1-ranked passing offense in Texas Tech.
Mueller has 10.5 sacks, tied for the lead in the country and 15 tackles for loss, which ranks second in the NCAA.
Mueller is tied for sixth in school history for sacks in a season, just a full sack below record-holders Ian Campbell (2006) and Nyle Wiren (1996), who each had 11.5. His three sacks against the Red Raiders rank tied for second in school history. Chris Johnson had four in a game against Missouri during the 2000 season.
K-State head coach Bill Snyder talked about Mueller’s decision to walk-on to the team a few years ago and ended up fitting into the program’s system during Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.
“He did have some other opportunities at smaller schools, but just his nature, he wanted to compete at the best level he could,” he said. “I think he understood the dynamics of our football program and how successful so many non-scholarship players before him had succeeded. I think he felt there was a precedent that had been set and he’d have a legitimate chance to compete.”
The Wildcats host TCU Saturday at 2:30 p.m. K-State’s game time and TV network for the Nov. 23 game against Oklahoma will be announced Sunday.