Seven Kansas players selected to the KCAC preseason team.
WICHITA — The 2017 All-KCAC Football Preseason Team, chosen by Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference head football coaches, includes 19 seniors, eight juniors, and three sophomores. Of the 31 student-athletes listed, 13 are from California, seven are from Kansas, and five are from Texas.
On offense, Cedric Phillips (Jr., QB, Sterling) and Mitch Butterfield (Sr., OL, Friends) highlight the group of returners comprised of 11 seniors, four juniors, and two sophomores on this year's offensive preseason team. McPherson College senior Tyrone Campbell was selected as a running back.
Phillips, a 2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-American second team recipient and the 2016 KCAC Player of the Year, recorded 3406 passing yards in his sophomore campaign for 48 total season touchdowns. The Stockton, Calif. native was ranked first in the NAIA in Total Offensive Yards per Game (401.4) and second in Total Offensive yards (4415) last season. Butterfield, a Wichita, Kan. native, returns for his senior season after claiming First Team AFCA-NAIA All-American and All-KCAC First Team honors in 2016.
Defensively, 2016 AFCA-All-American First Team Evan Sprayberry (Jr., DL, Tabor) leads the group that includes four All-KCAC First Team selections from last year. Sprayberry led the KCAC and the NAIA in total sacks (16) and average sacks per game (1.5) last season. He was also ranked seventh in the NAIA for fumbles forced per game (.400) and total tackles for loss (22).
Special Teams returns two All-KCAC First Team selections from last year, Aiden Pirrin (Jr., P, Saint Mary) and Charles Beale (Sr., PR, Tabor). Pirrin, ranked 18th in the NAIA in total field goals (8), while Beale ranked fifth in total punt returns.