The Kansas City Star is reporting that senior offensive lineman Manase Foketi will not be returning to K-State. Foketi asked K-State for a release to transfer, which was denied. An appeal to the NCAA also was turned down. The 6-foot-5 inch 300 pound left tackle started all 13 games for K-State during the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl season. He was injured in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky last season, which ended his year. Foketi received a medical redshirt, and tells the Star that K-State said he owed them this final year. But, he disagrees, saying he wasn’t happy, citing a fallout with offensive line coach Charlie Dickey and a desire to play closer to his Fontana, CA home. Foketi graduated from K-State this spring, and has just one year of eligibilty remaining. So, without a release, he wouldn’t be able to sit out a year to transfer to a Division I school, so Division II would likely be his next destination. With Foketi’s departure, K-State now only has two returning starters on the offensive line, center BJ Finney and guard Nick Puetz.
Report: Foketi leaving K-State
June 15, 2012 By