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K-State’s Williams Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the fourth-straight week, Kansas State earned a Big 12 Player of the Week accolade as senior defensive end Meshak Williams picked up defensive honors following his performance at TCU, the conference office announced Monday.
It marked the second-straight week a Wildcat picked up defensive honors following Allen Chapman’s award following the Oklahoma State game. K-State leads the Big 12 with nine honors this year and has a Big 12-leading 18 players of the week since the beginning of 2011.
Williams had a career night against the Horned Frogs as he helped the K-State defense hold TCU to its lowest point total at home during the Gary Patterson era in a 23-10 win. The Sylvester, Ga., native tallied career highs in both tackles and TFLs with seven and three, respectively, while he carded two sacks. His first sack of the night was for a loss of 18 yards in the third quarter, which eventually set up a short field for the Wildcats to take a 23-0 lead.
Williams is tied for the Big 12 lead with 8.5 sacks this season, a mark that is 17th nationally, while he ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 10.5 tackles for loss. The senior also ranks highly in the K-State record book as he is tied for ninth in school history with 15.5 career sacks and tied for 10th with his 2012 season total. Williams is the anchor of a K-State defense that has 27 sacks in 10 games this season, already the most since the 2007 squad tallied 30.
Kansas State, which checked in at No. 1 in the latest BCS standings, travels to Waco, Texas, Saturday for a primetime matchup against Baylor. The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., can be seen nationally on ESPN, while coverage from the K-State Sports Network begins at 5 p.m.
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