Bill Snyder has coached exactly 20 percent of Kansas State’s 120 seasons of intercollegiate football. He has slightly more than 20 percent of the Wildcats’ success, however. Here are some of the numbers that are a result of his College Football Hall of Fame coaching career.
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Bill Snyder by the numbers
NFL players drafted
Consecutive years producing at least one NFL Draft pick
Wins over Kansas in 24 tries
Eleven win seasons
Snyder’s 16 goals for success
5. Be tough
7. Great effort
9. Eliminate mistakes
10. Never give up
11. Don’t accept losing
12. No self-limitations
13. Expect to win
Bill Snyder’s best 16 players
In alphabetical order
David Allen: He scored seven touchdowns as a punt returner, earning consensus All-America honors.
Michael Bishop: The electrifying quarterback led K-State to two of its best seasons in 1997 and ’98.
Arthur Brown: The Wichita linebacker is the best player to come through K-State during Snyder’s second stint.
Josh Buhl: He made a school-record 184 tackles in 2003.
Chris Canty: The cornerback intercepted eight passes in 1995 and made five more picks in 1996 when opposing quarterbacks knew to avoid him.
Martin Gramatica: Few care more about special teams than Snyder, so it figures that one of the world’s best kickers played for him. Gramatica kicked a 65-yarder in 1998.
Collin Klein: A Heisman finalist as a senior, he defined the dedication and toughness Snyder demands at quarterback.
Nick Leckey: A first-team All-American offensive lineman in 2002.
Kevin Lockett: Held many school receiving records until his son, Tyler, broke them.
Tyler Lockett: Leads K-State in every major receiving statistical category, earned All-America honors of some kind on four consecutive seasons.
Jaime Mendez: Led K-State with 127 tackles as a senior, earning All-America honors.
Terence Newman: The 2002 Thorpe Award winner was the best defensive back K-State has had.
Mark Simoneau: He made 400 tackles while playing linebacker under Snyder.
Michael Smith: Was the best playmaker on Snyder’s early teams, had 2,457 receiving yards.
Darren Sproles: K-State will never stop showing the highlights of Sproles running for touchdowns in the 2003 Big 12 championship game.
Ty Zimmerman: The safety was the first four-year all-conference player in K-State history.
With and without you
Bill Snyder has coached exactly 20 percent of Kansas State’s 120 seasons of intercollegiate football. He has slightly more than 20 percent of the Wildcats’ success, however.
With Snyder: 193-100-1 (.658)
Without Snyder: 316-530-40 (.379)
With Snyder: 18 (including this season)
Without Snyder: 1
With Snyder: 9
Without Snyder: 0
Heisman Trophy vote getters
With Snyder: 4 (Chad May 11th in 1994, Michael Bishop 2nd in 1998, Darren Sproles 5th in 2003, Collin Klein 3rd in 2012)
Without Snyder: 1 (Lynn Dickey 10th in 1970)
With Snyder: 8 (Sean Snyder, Jaime Mendez, Chris Canty, Martin Gramatica, David Allen, Mark Simoneau, Terence Newman, Tyler Lockett)
Without Snyder: 2 (Gary Spani, Jordy Nelson)
With Snyder: 27
Without Snyder: 8
National coach of the year
With Snyder: 5
Without Snyder: 0
Conference coach of the year
With Snyder: 7
Without Snyder: 2
With Snyder: 97
Without Snyder: 116
Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett