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1999 Season Highlights

 

The season started with the Cats losing 3 All-Americans, the Heisman trophy runner-up, the starting punter, the Groza Award Runner-Up place kicker, 9 offensive starters and 5 defensive starters.  The Cats started #22 in the pre-season rankings.  At the end of the season:

The Cats won 11 games for the 3rd consecutive season, finishing 11-1.

The Cats defeated a top 20 Texas team on the road.

The Cats finished in the top 10 in defense and #1 in pass efficiency.

At #6, the Cats finished with their highest ranking, ever.

Mark Simoneau was the runner-up for the Butkus Award for top linebacker.  Despite finishing ahead of Lavar Arrington in Total tackles and matching him in sacks, Arrington was (wrongfully) awarded the Butkus.  Simoneau was also a first team All-American and Big 12 defensive player of the year.  Against Texas, he returned an interception for a touchdown, forced a fumble, and sacked the QB.  He was named Big 12 defensive player of the week 2 times.

Mark Simoneau makes another sucker eat dirt

 

Return specialist David Allen returned punts for touchdowns against Iowa State and Texas, tying the NCAA record for career touchdowns (6).  He was named 2nd team All-American, and first team All Big 12.  He became the first man in NCAA history to return a punt for a TD in consecutive games in more than one occasion.

David Allen fakes a sucker out of his jock!

 

Quarterback Jonathan Beasley was named Big 12 offensive player of the week against Oklahoma State, where he threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for 2 more.  He set a Big 12 record with 6 touchdowns in one game.  He was also won the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP and finished #2 in the nation in yards per completion.

Jonathan Beasley prepares to lay the smackdown on a UTEP defender

 

Jamie Rheem finished as runner-up for the Lou Groza award as the top place kicker in college football.  He was also voted to 2nd team All-American.


Quincy Morgan led the Big 12 in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.  He was named first team All Big 12.  Morgan set a K-State record for highest yards per completion.

 

Darren Howard set the career sacks record at K-State and was named first team All Big 12 and also All-American.  Howard was also named Holiday Bowl defensive player of the game.

 

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