Roethlisberger earns weekly player honor

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was selected the AFC's offensive player of the week.

NFL: San Diego 23, Indianapolis 21

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Darren Sproles ran a punt and a kickoff back for touchdowns Sunday night, and the San Diego Chargers held on to beat Indianapolis, 23-21.

NFL: San Diego 30, St. Louis 13

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Darren Sproles returned a punt 81 yards for a TD Saturday night as the San Diego Chargers trounced St. Louis, 30-13, in preseason play.

COL FB: North 23, South 13

MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Akron quarterback Charlie Frye won MVP honors Saturday while leading the North to a 23-13 win over the South in the college football Senior Bowl.

COL FB: Fresno State 45, Kansas State 21

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Dwayne Wright gained 74 yards on 26 carries Saturday to lead Fresno State (2-0) to a 45-21 rout of 14th-ranked Kansas State.

COL FB: Kansas State 27, W. Kentucky 13

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Darren Sproles ran for 221 yards to lead 12th-ranked Kansas State over Western Kentucky 27-13 Saturday.

2004 Doak Walker candidates announced

DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The SMU Athletic Forum Tuesday announced the 42 candidates for the 2004 Doak Walker Award, presented to the nations's top college running back.

COL FB: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Ell Roberson threw four touchdown passes Saturday night as No. 13 Kansas State hung a stunning 35-7 shiner on top-ranked Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

Kevin Jones to declare for NFL Draft

BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Star running back Kevin Jones of Virginia Tech Wednesday confirmed his plans to enter the NFL Draft and skip his senior season in 2004.

Doak Walker finalists named

DALLAS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Chris Perry of Michigan, the only senior, is among the finalists for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.

COL FB: Kansas St. 24, Missouri 14

MANHATTAN, Kan., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Darren Sproles rushed for a school-record 273 yards on 43 carries Saturday night as 18th-ranked Kansas State won over Missouri, 24-14.

Kansas State 38, Massachusetts 7

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Darren Sproles rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon as sixth-ranked Kansas State rolled past Division I-AA Massachusetts, 38-7.

Kansas State 41, Troy State 5

MANHATTAN, Kan., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Ell Roberson rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as fifth-ranked Kansas State rolled to a 41-5 victory over Troy State.

Kansas State 42, California 28

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Eli Roberson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and Darren Sproles rushed for 175 yards as fifth-ranked Kansas State defeated California, 42-28.

Kansas St. vs. Ariz. St. in Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Holiday Bowl, traditionally among the more entertaining of college football's post-season contests, will bring together No. 6 Kansas State and Arizona State
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Darren Sproles
San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles carries the ball against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 2, 2005. The Chargers beat the Patriots 41-17, ending the Patriots' home game winning streak at 21 games.

Darren Lee Sproles (born June 20, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American football running back who plays for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State.

He was named as Kick Returner for the San Diego Chargers 50 Greatest Chargers team.

Sproles attended Rolling Ridge Elementary, then Oregon Trail Junior High, followed by Olathe North High School, all in Olathe, Kansas. He has been conquering a speech impediment he has had since childhood. Sproles was a star in football, earning the name "Tank," after being born at 10 lb (4.5 kg). For two consecutive years, he was an All-Sunflower League honoree, All-Metro honoree, and an All-State selection. Additionally, he was twice named The Kansas City Star Player of the Year. As a senior, he was named the Kansas Hall of Fame Player of the Year and the USA Today Kansas Player of the Year. Throughout his high school career, Sproles rushed for 5,230 yards, averaging nearly 8.4 yards per carry and 79 touchdowns.

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