K-State’s Dante Barnett granted medical waiver to allow return for 5th season


MANHATTAN, Kan. (K-State Athletics) – Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder announced Wednesday 12 members of the team that will serve as player representatives for the 2016 season.

Dante Barnett, Deante Burton, Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Charles Jones, Elijah Lee, Matthew McCrane, Dalton Risner, Trent Tanking, Dayton Valentine, Nick Walsh and Jordan Willis were chosen by their teammates to serve as player representatives for the program in 2016.

Barnett, a senior defensive back who was granted a medical hardship for a season-ending injury in the first game of 2015, was chosen as a player representative for a third-straight season. Hubener, McCrane and Willis are each serving their second terms, while the remaining players were elected for the first time.

The role of these leaders will be to promote those traits which they each possess: unselfishness, team concepts, unity, strong work habits, great attitude and a strong commitment toward achieving success through the team’s 16 goals.

“This is a tremendous group of position and team leaders selected by their teammates,” Snyder said. “These individuals are committed to our program and 16 goals value system, and they serve as dedicated teammates. I’m very proud of each of them on their unselfish efforts to guide their teammates in the appropriate direction.”

Kansas State commences spring practices on Wednesday, March 30, and will conduct 14 practices leading up to the Purple/White Spring Game on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 1:10 p.m., in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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