By ARNE GREEN
Special to The Hays Daily News
Ask Bill Snyder his impression of Clint Bowen the former defensive back at Kansas and the memory is a little fuzzy.
Ask Snyder about Bowen the coach and it's a different story.
"Don't take that the wrong way," Snyder said of Bowen during Monday's Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "It doesn't mean that he wasn't a quality player.
"It probably is more a reflection on my memory than anything else."
Fact is for much of Bill Snyder's Kansas State coaching career, Bowen has been on the opposite sideline any time the Wildcats faced KU in the Sunflower Showdown. They'll meet as opposing head coaches for the first time at 3 p.m. Saturday when the Jayhawks visit Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.
"I've known Clint for some time," Snyder said of Bowen, who played for KU in the early 1990s and spent 16 more years as a Jayhawk assistant before he was promoted to interim head coach when Charlie Weis was fired four games into this season. "He's a good, good young guy and has a great passion for the game.
"I talked to him about the possibility of coming to Kansas State at one time. He's just a young coach that I admire. I think he tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that."
So why did Bowen never end up on the K-State sideline? Snyder could only speculate.
"Probably because he's a KU guy," Snyder said.
Britz out for KU game
Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz, who injured his left leg or ankle early in last Thursday's 26-20 victory at West Virginia, will not be back Saturday for the Sunflower Showdown.
"Travis will be out," Snyder said without elaborating of the seriousness of the injury.
Britz, a junior and two-year starter, leads the Wildcat interior linemen with 27 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks. The good news for K-State is that defensive tackle has evolved into one of the team's deepest position groups.
"Replacing Travis is not an easy thing to do," Snyder said. "That's not the way you look at it, but we've had more young guys at that position get on the field and garner experience during the course of the year than any other position on the field."
Senior Valentino Coleman and redshirt freshman Will Geary are the likely starters against the Jayhawks, with DeAndre Roberts and Terrell Clinkscales providing backup.
Lockett special again
K-State senior receiver Tyler Lockett was named Big 12 special teams player of the week Monday for his performance against West Virginia.
It was the second special teams honor this season for Lockett, who returned two punts for 66 yards, including a 43-yarder for a touchdown. He now leads the nation with a 20.5-yard punt return average.
And that was just part of a huge day for Lockett, who finished with 321 all-purpose yards. Lockett also caught 10 passes for 196 yards and returned three kickoffs for 59.
The receiving yards put Lockett over 1,000 for a second straight season and extended his school career record to 3,269. His 213 career receptions put him just four short his father, Kevin, for the most in school history.
Baylor start time
K-State will have to wait for a kickoff time on its regular-season finale Dec. 6 at Baylor as ABC/ESPN and FOX Sports will make their after play this weekend's games.
Possible game times are 11 a.m. on ABC or ESPN, 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, 6:45 p.m. on ESPN or 7 p.m. on ABC. The other two Big 12 games that day are Iowa State at TCU and Oklahoma State at Oklahoma.