Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stanton Weber Another K-State Walk-On Success Story

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stanton Weber Another K-State Walk-On Success Story

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The decision to join a Division I football program as a walk-on is often met with skepticism. It's a long shot for the player to remain on the team for four or five years, let alone to ever get in a game.

When Stanton Weber decided he wanted to walk-on at Kansas State, the doubters included his father, Stan. It's not that Stan questioned Stanton's tenacity, but as a former K-State quarterback he knew the odds facing his son.

Stanton beat the odds, becoming a special teams stalwart and eventually earning a scholarship. As he enters his senior season, he also is in the mix for playing time at wide receiver for the Wildcats.

"He'll say I have exceeded all of his expectations, which is neat to hear," Stanton said of his father, who is the color analyst on K- State radio broadcasts. "I remember the first time I told him I wanted to walk-on at K-State and he said it's going to be hard and he listed the ways it's going to suck and asked me if I was prepared for that. Whatever opinion I had, he could think of the other side and be the devil's advocate and test your thought process.

"I surpassed his expectations my freshman year when I got on the field, because he didn't think I ever would. He was so happy."

The pride was evident Monday at Big 12 media days in Dallas when both Webers were on hand. Stanton was interviewed more times in one day than in four previous years combined as a Wildcat. Some of the questions came from Stan as multiple media outlets got the two together for a unique opportunity.

"When I look at him, he's a legitimate college football player playing at a high level for K-State," Stan said. "It's not surprising to see him do anything, including being a (special teams) captain and catch passes, but when I step back and say that's my son that I sent off to college four years ago, it's hard to believe the transformation in how much he's grown and catapulted himself to another level than where he was projected when he left home."

Stan was a quarterback for the Wildcats from 1980-84 and is entering his 29th year in the K-State broadcast booth.

"He'll be the first to tell you, 'Well, we didn't win many games,' but I say, 'Hold on, dad. You were a starting Division I quarterback. You don't need to humble yourself to me,'" Stanton said. "He always pushed me to be my very best. When I was starting for a state championship football team (Miege High School), I felt the pressure, but that's when I realized he had prepared me for this and that's when he became my best friend."

Stanton redshirted his first year at K-State, and as a redshirt freshman in 2012 he got on the field on special teams.

"My redshirt freshman year, we're traveling to Oklahoma and one of the kickoff return/linebackers was too gassed to do both," he recalled. …

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