By RON PRESTON
MANHATTAN – As a child growing up in an Abilene farm family who were K-Staters through and through, Curry Sexton dreamed of the day that he might play football for the K-State Wildcats but also especially for coach Bill Snyder.
That dream came true Curry had watched many Wildcat games as a youngster and became one of coach Snyder’s “youngsters” by earning a scholarship to play for the Wildcats upon graduation from Abilene High School.
Curry so much wanted to play football for the Wildcats that he turned down an appointment to Harvard to continue his education and play the game he loves less than hour away from home.
Sexton’s latest dream came true when he was named a starter by his coach this week when the Wildcats go to a three wide receiver formation. He was recognized by his new receivers Coach Andre Coleman and the head man himself for his for the hard work, dedication and leadership he has shown in first two years in the program.
Sexton is listed as junior on the roster and he has lettered in both of his previous years on the team. He is a student of the game and has spent countless hours in the film room studying his performance and learning the complex offensive system of coach Snyder.
“In all reality, he was right there a year ago,” Coach Snyder said in his weekly press conference. “It has been a collective body of work, so to speak, over the last year. He has been very consistent for us and was a quality player for us last year.
“He did some nice things over the course of the season – not that it wasn’t competitive,” Snyder said about Sexton’s moving up the depth chart. “I think a couple of other guys stepped up and made it somewhat competitive. He put himself in position to be the third guy. He runs routes extremely well, catches the ball well and is an aggressive player. He is a good blocker as well as a receiver.”
The Kansas State media guide says that Sexton is a good athlete who has been a regular in the rotation at wide receiver over the last two years while also contributing on special teams.
He played in 11 games as a true freshman collecting four catches for 43 yards while also tallying five special team tackles.
In 2012, Sexton saw action in 11 games as both a receiver and on special teams. He earned starts in the season opener against Missouri State and at Iowa State. He caught his first career touchdown on a 27- yard strike from Collin Klein against Miami.
Not only is Sexton a great athlete and student of the game, he also has earned First Team Academic All Big 12 honors both years in school.
“I think more than anything the reason I wanted to go to K-State was growing up in a big K-State family and watching coach Snyder turn the program around and everything and I thought that’s where I wanted to be if at all possible,” Sexton said.
“During the recruiting process I had a lot of different options and K-State was always on the backburner and when they offered me a scholarship, I think everybody knew it was a done deal,” he said. “That’s where I wanted to be, playing 45 minutes away from home, you can’t beat that. Especially for a team that you grew up cheering for and it was a win-win situation for me.”
Sexton was rated the 14th-best prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com in 2009. While in high school under coach Jeff Geist, he was named a First-Team All State 4A defensive back by the Topeka Capital Journal, Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association as a senior.
He also earned All-North Central Kansas League honors as a quarterback and defensive back in 2009. He totaled over 2,500 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards and 300 tackles during his high school career at Abilene High School.
During this time he helped lead the Cowboys to two North Central Kansas League championships.
He was high school teammates with current K-State starting offensive lineman Cody Whitehair at AHS and Curry younger brother Collin is a redshirt freshman wide receiver at K-State also.
Curry is the son of Ted and Jan Sexton of Abilene and is majoring in marketing with dreams of following in his uncle’s (John Dorsey, Kansas City Chiefs General Manager) footsteps of being a professional football scout and possibly in the front office of an NFL team some day.
Who knows, a couple of his dreams have come true and with his determination, talent and intelligence, he may just get that wish too.