MANHATTAN, Kan. – Coming off a three-sack performance in Kansas State’s 49-26 win at No. 23 Texas Tech, junior defensive end Ryan Mueller earned his second-consecutive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday.
The nation’s leader in sacks with 10.5, Mueller’s selection marked the second-straight season a Wildcat picked up consecutive player-of-the-week honors (Collin Klein), while he garnered K-State’s Big 12-leading 22nd accolade since 2011.
A product of Leawood, Kan., Mueller tied for second in school history with his three sacks against the Red Raiders, which were the most in a Big 12 game since Oklahoma’s Frank Alexander had 4.5 against Texas in 2011. Mueller is now tied for sixth in school history in sacks as he needs just one more to tie the K-State single-season record, while he is 1.5 sacks shy of appearing the Big 12 top-10 list.
In addition to leading the nation in sacks, Mueller ranks second in tackles for loss (15.0) and 14th in forced fumbles (3). He has at least a half TFL in every game this season and sacks in seven games, including a current five-game streak in which he has totaled eight sacks.
Kansas State hosts TCU Saturday in a 2:30 p.m., matchup at Bill Snyder Family Stadium that will be shown to a national audience on FSN. Approximately 100 TCU returns and standing-room only tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or in person at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.