MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSU release) Kansas State junior running back Alex Barnes and senior right tackle Dalton Risner were each named First Team All-Big 12 performers the Associated Press announced Friday.
Risner was a first-teamer by the AP for a second-straight year and earned his third accolade from the organization overall, while Barnes was a first-time honoree by the Associated Press.
Barnes finished as the Big 12’s regular-season rushing champion at 112.9 yards per game to go along with 12 rushing touchdowns. A product of Pittsburg, Kansas, Barnes was even better in conference play as he averaged 125.2 yards per game with 11 scores.
The junior concluded the 2018 season with 1,355 yards to rank fourth in school history and seventh nationally at the end of the regular season. He hit the 100-yard rushing mark seven times to tie for third in school history. He also improved his career rushing total to 2,616 yards to rank fifth in K-State history, while his 12 career 100-yard games are tied for second.
Risner, who has been named an All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation (second team), Pro Football Focus (first team), Sports Illustrated (second team) and The Athletic (second team) this week, was one of the top offensive linemen in the country this year. One of three players named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches, Risner led an offensive unit that finished third in the Big 12 by averaging 182.6 rushing yards per game, which included a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second.
Risner started all but one game for the Wildcats over the last four years, including the final three seasons at right tackle.