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Thompson earns Big 12 special teams honor

By The Mercury

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

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