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48 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Glenn Gronkowski

In which BracketCat counts down the 48th day until kickoff with a profile of fullback Glenn Gronkowski.

Party like a Gronk star!
Party like a Gronk star!
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#48 Glenn Gronkowski
Redshirt Sophomore
6-3 | 234
Amherst, N.Y.


Position: Fullback

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Glenn "Gronk" Gronkowski (b. March 25, 1993) is an athletic player from a football family who benefited from a redshirt season in 2012 before becoming the Wildcats' starting fullback in 2013.

He is the brother of current NFL players Dan (Browns), Rob (Patriots) and Chris (Chargers) Gronkowski. His other brother, Gordie, also played pro baseball in the Angels’ organization.

In 2013, Gronkowski played in all 13 games with five starts en route to honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league's coaches.

He helped to lead the way for running back John Hubert, who finished fourth in the Big 12 in rushing and produced the 14th 1,000-yard season in school history.

Gronkowski also had five receptions for 194 yards (a 38.8-yard average) and three touchdowns, averaged 48.7 yards on his touchdown receptions, and was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer.

He is listed as a fullback on the K-State roster, but also serves as a sort of a tight end. In reality, he's somewhere in between. Think of him as an old-school H-back. He should have a big year with senior Jake Waters throwing to him.

As a wide receiver at Williamsville North High School, Gronk caught 53 passes for 762 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season. He grayshirted in 2011 and redshirted in 2012 to gain weight for his new position.

In 2010, he also had two passes for 90 yards; recorded eight interceptions, returning two for touchdowns; recovered two fumbles, returning one for an 85-yard touchdown; and recorded 43 solo tackles.

This jack of all trades also punted for a 35.8-yard average and handled all of his team's kicking duties.

Gronkowski was named co-Offensive Player of the Year in Section VI Class AA North, and totaled 125 catches for 2,076 yards and 23 touchdowns during his high school career. I think he's going to be quite the player for us.

And when you also factor in his family's legendary party habits (Rob has been in town for several games and his exploits, as documented on Twitter, are spectacular), Glenn might be the coolest player Bill Snyder's ever recruited.