When the opportunity presented itself to make an impact early in his career at Fort Hays State, Manny Ramsey seized it.
The redshirt freshman receiver is establishing himself as a weapon for the Tigers, coming off a breakout outing at Missouri Southern in which he caught five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Ramsey took on a bigger role after an injury to fellow redshirt freshman Jmari Davis in Week 2 against Missouri Western.
“It’s a huge opportunity for me to show what I can do,” Ramsey said. “Obviously Jmari Davis went down; he’s a great receiver and I pray that he has a speedy recovery. But it was just a huge opportunity to show what I can do and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
Ramsey has 10 catches for 168 yards heading into the No. 18-ranked Tigers' homecoming game against Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Field Stadium.
In the 55-20 win over Southern, Ramsey had a 47-yard reception and caught a 15-yard score for his first career touchdown.
The native of Canadian, Texas, said there was a brief adjustment period to college football.
“Just the speed, really,” Ramsey said. “The first time I went in there I was so nervous. The speed of the game is way faster than I thought. I’m starting to get used to it but it’s definitely a step up."
Though Ramsey got to experience Texas high school football, he said it was on a smaller stage at Class 2A Canadian High School.
“The atmosphere here and having thousands of fans watching you, it’s pretty fun,” Ramsey said of FHSU.
But Ramsey is no stranger to big-time settings, helping Canadian win state championships in 2014 and 2015.
“We played at Dallas Cowboys’ stadium for state and that was an unbelievable experience,” said Ramsey, who was an all-district performer.
Ramsey will look to make his presence felt again this week against Central Oklahoma, which is coming off a 31-21 upset of then-No. 4 Northwest Missouri.
“Their corners are pretty good. They’re pretty solid,” Ramsey said. “Their man coverage is cover 1. We just got to work hard in practice and study film and get better."