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12 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Ty Zimmerman


#12 Ty Zimmerman
True Sophomore
6-1 | 202
Junction City, Kan.


Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Little needs to be said by me about Ty Zimmerman (b. June 23, 1990), our grayshirt quarterback-turned-safety who started nearly every game in 2010 and was the most reliable player in the back seven not named David Garrett.

For that, the Football Writers Association of American, Phil Steele and all recognized him a freshman All-American. He also earned multiple preseason accolades this summer from various football publications.

Zimmerman finished just two tackles shy of the top-five list for season tackles by a freshman in K-State history.

Whether it was making a career-high 12 tackles against Oklahoma State or returning a punt 41 yards nearly to the goal line against Colorado or destroying Garrett Gilbert's will to live with two interceptions, he did a little of everything.

And I expect more of the same in 2011. Hell, I expect even more out of him, truth be told. Until Tysyn Hartman proves that last year's slump was due to injury and scheme, not ability, Zimmerman remains the surest bet we have at safety.