Friday night’s Alamo Bowl football game will probably be the final time two friends from Abilene are on the field, on the same team together.
K-State wide receiver Curry Sexton and offensive lineman Cody Whitehair have been teammates since childhood in Abilene. The duo experienced success on the field at Abilene High School, and then at Kansas State University.
Sexton, a senior, tells KSAL that it really hasn’t sunk in that this is the end of his collegiate career at KSU. He says that he will play in an all star game next week. He then plans to continue training in hopes of making it in the NFL.
Sexton says that he never doubted Whitehair, with his size and skills, would make it at K-State. “But I wasn’t the biggest, or fastest, so there were some doubts early on” he says.
If the NFL doesn’t work out, Sexton still has a bright future with a college degree from K-State. Before choosing KSU he had offers to attend Ivy league schools back east. He instead chose to walk on at K-State. “I wanted to be closer to my family and friends” he said. Sexton is a second team All Big 12 player, 1st team Academic Big 12, and 2nd team Academic All American.
Whitehair, a junior, credits Sexton with making his transition to K-State a little easier. As a freshman at K-State Whitehair saw significant playing time. “It was a little scary, going from playing at a small town high school straight to the Big 12” he said. “Curry had already been here for a year, and he helped me in so many ways” Whitehair added.
While Sexton’s future is uncertain, Whitehair’s is not. He says that he plans to return to K-State for his senior year. And he won’t be without a Sexton on the team. Curry’s younger brother Collin is a sophomore on the K-State team. Collin was the holder for all extra point and field goal kicks this year, and tied for 5th on the team in special teams tackles, all on kickoff coverage.