K-State’s Cantele Captures Big 12 Player of the Week Accolade
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following his 4-for-4 performance in Kansas State’s thrilling 33-31 victory over TCU, which included the game-winning 41-yard field goal, sophomore place kicker Jack Cantele has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Cantele, who shared the honor with Oklahoma punt returner Jalen Saunders, picked up his first career weekly designation, while it marked the Wildcats’ Big 12-leading 23rd player-of-the-week honor since 2011.
A product of Wichita, Kan., Cantele tied for second in school history with his four makes, which came from distances of 31, 34 and 23 yards before his game-winner with three seconds remaining. His kick proved to be the Wildcats’ first game-winning field goal with less than one minute remaining since 1980 and gave K-State bowl eligibility for the fourth-straight season.
Cantele pushed his season total to 11 field goals made on 13 attempts. He is two field goals shy of moving on to the school’s single-season top-10 list, while his 84.6-percent rate ranks fifth in K-State history.
Kansas State hosts 18th-ranked Oklahoma Saturday in an 11 a.m., contest at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which serves as Senior Day, will be shown to a national audience on FOX Sports 1. Scattered singles 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 ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.