As if he needed further validation, Kansas State sophomore receiver Phillips Brooks was named Big 12 special teams player of the week on Monday following his record-breaking punt return performance against Kansas last Saturday.
Brooks, a 5-foot-7, 167-pound sophomore from Lee's Summit, Missouri, returned two first-half punts for touchdowns in the Wildcats' 55-14 rout of KU at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. His two touchdowns in one game and 189 yards on four returns both were school records.
The 189 return yards eclipsed the single-game record of 172 previously set by former Wildcat All-American David Allen against Texas in 1998. The single-game yardage total ranks third in Big 12 history, and his 47.25-yard average was the highest nationally since 1996 by players with four or more returns.
"He's a Kansas City, Missouri, kid and was a walk-on, and we awarded him a scholarship when I got here after the spring," K-State coach Chris Klieman said of Brooks during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I think he's a really talented individual that just keeps working hard and has a chip on his shoulder and always feels like he needs to prove (himself) to people.
"And Phillip would be the first one to tell you that none of that stuff happens without a great scheme by the coaching staff and unbelievable blocks by his teammates. What I so appreciate about Phillip is he's a talented man but a really humble and hungry kid."
Parker injury update
Klieman said Monday that the injury suffered by senior nickel back AJ Parker during the KU game did not appear to be serious, thought he was short on details.
"It was an ankle injury, but we don't believe it to be severe," Klieman said. "We'll kind of see how he progresses this week, but our trainer said it was more kind of day-to-day.
"We'll get together with the guys and have a short practice (Monday) evening, so I'll learn a little bit more, but we feel pretty good that it's not going to be a long-term injury."
Kickoff time for OSU on hold
K-State will have to wait until the weekend to get the start time for its Nov. 7 home game against Oklahoma State. The Big 12's television partners invoked a six-day option and will decide following Saturday's games, but the Wildcats and Cowboys will either kick off at 11 a.m. on ABC or at 3 p.m. on FOX.