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November 16, 2009After connecting on a career high four field goals Saturday against Missouri, Kansas State junior placekicker Josh Cherry was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office has announced.
The accolade is the first of Cherry's career and the fifth player-of-the-week distinction for a Wildcat this season. Brandon Banks earned a pair of special teams honors earlier this year, while Grant Gregory and Emmanuel Lamur were named the offensive and special teams players of the week, respectively, following the Iowa State game.
The four special teams honors this season are the most in school history, while it marks the first time since 2006 that Kansas State has had five Big 12 weekly honors.
Cherry, who began the season hitting just one of his first six field goals, has been true on 11 of his last 12, culminating with a perfect 4-for-4 mark last week against the Tigers. Cherry connected on a 47-yarder to get K-State on the board in the first quarter, which tied his career long. He went on to make field goals of 34, 35 and 33 yards.
Cherry's four field goals are tied for the second most in the Big 12 this season and were the most by a Wildcat since Brooks Rossman made four against Colorado on October 13, 2007.
Kansas State will travel to Nebraska to face the Huskers in front of a full national audience Saturday on ESPN beginning at 6:45 p.m. The winner of the game will represent the north division in the Big 12 Championship game on December 5.