No. 9 K-State relying heavily on walk-ons

Walk-ons like defensive end Ryan Mueller have helped Kansas State to a 7-1 record and 5-0 mark in the Big 12

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Scholarships don’t guarantee prominence or stardom at Kansas State. Hard work, perseverance and the right attitude mean much more to longtime coach Bill Snyder than the number of stars attached to a recruit’s name.

That’s why the walk-on program at Kansas State has been so successful.

Three of the six captains for the ninth-ranked Wildcats are former walk-ons, including defensive end Ryan Mueller and linebacker Jonathan Truman. And they’ve helped Kansas State to a 7-1 record, a 5-0 mark in the Big 12 and the seventh spot in the latest college football playoff ranking.

As Kansas State heads into Saturday night’s showdown at sixth-ranked TCU with a chance to make a big statement to the selection committee, they’ll be relying on a bunch of former walk-ons to get it done.