(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ADAM SUDERMAN Associated Press The nation's sack leader doesn't play in the Southeastern Conference, nor did he play prep football in a hotbed state like Florida or Texas that churns out Division I prospects.
No, Ryan Mueller went to a small high school in Kansas, and is now a star for Kansas State.
The junior defensive end from the Leawood, Kan., had three sacks in last week's win over Texas Tech, giving him 10 1/2 for the season. He also leads all Division I players with 15 tackles for loss, helping to pace a vastly improved Kansas State defense.
''What you're seeing is the direct result of how hard Mueller works,'' center B.J. Finney said. ''Mueller is a very hard worker, he's a great guy and he doesn't take any day for granted. He doesn't take a day off. His motor is always running and he's always screaming, hooping and hollering.''
He earned a reputation for that at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where he was the Kansas City metro area's defensive...