K-State's Sexton uses tech savvy on the field, too

12/19/2013

By ARNE GREEN

By ARNE GREEN

Special to The Telegram

MANHATTAN — Bill Snyder doesn’t claim to be the most tech-savvy guy in the world, but he does know where to go for information on the Internet.

And if the worldwide web isn’t handy, you simply look for the guy in the purple No. 14 jersey.

That would be Curry Sexton, Kansas State’s junior wide receiver from Abilene and resident know-it-all.

“If one of the coaches walks up to coach Snyder and asks him a question and Snyder doesn’t know, he goes, ‘Go ask Google,’ “ said Ted Sexton, Curry’s father. “That’s what he calls Curry — Google.”

And Snyder’s not alone.

Quarterback Jake Waters takes full use of his roommate’s encyclopedic knowledge.

“It might be (exaggerated) a little bit, but if you ever have a question about anything, go to Curry,” Waters said. “He knows everything.

“He’s always checking all the recent updates and stuff, so if I ever have any question on any rule or anything, I’ll ask Curry because he knows it.”

Credit Ryan Mueller, K-State’s all-Big 12 defensive end, for spreading the word on Sexton’s insatiable appetite for information.

Following K-State’s Oct. 27 victory over West Virginia, Snyder asked his players if they knew who their next opponent was and expressed disappointment when a hand went up.

“You’re going to have to talk to Curry Sexton — he was the one who knew the next opponent,” Mueller said at the time.

Sexton just laughs it off.

“He likes to give me a little bit of grief for that,” Sexton said of Mueller. “We all kind of have something we get made fun of for and that’s what Ryan makes fun of me for because he thinks I know too much.

“But somebody’s got to know.”

For as long as his father can remember, that somebody has been Curry.

“When he was two years old, riding on the tractor with me, he always had to know everything,” Ted Sexton said. “He was always very inquisitive and he almost had a photographic memory, where he would see something and he just soaked it in.

“He’s always been that way. He’s just a sponge.”

He’s also not afraid to turn that knowledge on his good friend, pointing out that Mueller will be matched up with All-America offensive tackle Taylor Lewan when K-State plays Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz.

“It’s kind of funny, we have a little group chat between seven or eight of us on text message and we just give each other hell all the time,” Sexton said. “When it came out, our bowl matchup, people were saying stuff and I threw out there that Mueller was going to have to go up against a top-20 (NFL draft) pick, and all he responded with was ‘Looking forward to the challenge.’

“I said something like, ‘Ryan, I’m not the media, but thanks for that response.’ But that’s just the kind of guy he is.”

Though he already knew about Lewan by the time Sexton shared the information, Mueller wasn’t surprised to see it.

“Curry, he knows all about the players and the statistics and whatnot,” Mueller said. “He just likes to do that.

“He’s like the little media guy within the team — he know all the stats.”

Waters, for one, believes that thirst for knowledge has helped Sexton maximize his abilities as a wide receiver, where he ranks second on the team with 36 catches for 409 yards.

“He knows the coverages and he knows what he has to do,” Waters said. “He knows how to change his routes and when, because he doesn’t have Tyler Lockett’s speed.

“But what he doesn’t have he makes up for in smarts and savvy. So his personality off the field with wanting to know everything and then knowing most of it really helps him on the field.”

Even when nobody asks, Sexton has been known to impart seemingly random information.

“At times he tells us stuff and he just doesn’t know where he got it or why he told us,” Waters said with a smile. “But he’s a great dude and he’s definitely pretty smart.”

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