Kansas State receiver Tramaine Thompson has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in the Wildcats’ 48-27 victory over Louisiana on Saturday.
Thompson, who totaled 234 all-purpose yards against the Ragin’ Cajuns, was also named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll after returning the second-half opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown before taking a punt 79 yards to the Louisiana 2-yard line to set up another K-State score.
Thompson, who was on the preseason watch list for the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, also caught two passes for 46 yards.
With his kickoff-return touchdown, Thompson joined an exclusive club in K-State history as he became just the third player with touchdowns via a rush, reception, punt return and kickoff return (Mack Herron and Yamon Figurs).
The Big 12 honor was the first of Thompson’s career, while K-State has a conference-leading 19 Big 12 Players of the Week since the beginning of the 2011 season, including 10 on special teams.
K-State completes non-conference play on Saturday night at 6 against UMass at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The contest will be shown on K-StateHD.TV