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In this file photo, Kansas State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah sacks Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker (8) during the second half of last month’s game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Anudike-Uzomah was a first-team selection on the coaches’ All-Big 12 teams, which were announced Thursday. He also was named the league’s co-Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Felix Anudike-Uzomah’s breakout performance Saturday caught the eye of the Big 12’s conference office.

Anudike-Uzomah, a sophomore defensive end for Kansas State, notched five tackles (three for loss), three sacks and forced two fumbles in the team’s 31-23 win over Southern Illinois. On Monday, the Big 12 honored him for the outing, naming him the league’s newcomer of the week.

Anudike-Uzomah’s five tackles were the most among the Wildcats’ defensive linemen Saturday, while his total tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumble tallies all marked personal bests in a single game.

A Kansas City, Mo., native, Anudike-Uzomah is the seventh Wildcat to win the conference’s newcomer of the week since the award started in 2016. He is the fourth K-State honoree in the last two years, joining teammates Deuce Vaughn (twice in 2020) and Will Howard (once last fall).

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