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17 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Weston Hiebert

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In which BracketCat counts down the 17th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Weston Hiebert.

Special teams players got to know Weston Hiebert pretty quickly in 2013. Will offensive players do the same in 2014?
Special teams players got to know Weston Hiebert pretty quickly in 2013. Will offensive players do the same in 2014?
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#17 Weston Hiebert
Redshirt Senior
6-0 | 193
Goessel, Kan.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Weston Ross Hiebert (b. May 6, 1992) is an in-state walk-on defensive back who has proven to be a valuable member of the special teams units — so much so, in fact, that he earned a full-ride scholarship this spring.

Hiebert, who has been voted a player representative for 2014, will continue to work on special teams as a senior and now looks to contribute as a defensive back. I think he will settle in as Dante Barnett's backup at strong safety.

He redshirted in 2010 and did not see game action in 2011, but became a major special teams contributor in 2012.

Hiebert appeared in 12 games that season, notching seven special teams tackles. He had two stops against Missouri State and Texas Tech, and one apiece against Miami, Kansas and West Virginia.

In 2013, Hiebert played in all 13 games. He finished second on the team with nine special teams tackles, while he had 10 total tackles, including a season-high two tackles against both Texas and West Virginia.

Hiebert also blocked a Baylor punt that led to a K-State touchdown two plays later. Incredibly, it was the first blocked punt by a Wildcat in more than four years. He also recovered an onside kick to protect a lead at Texas Tech.

Best of all, Hiebert was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer last season. He's a true student-athlete.

Hiebert was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Goessel High School, which won 10 different league, district and bi-district championships during his four years there.

He still holds the Bluebirds' career tackle record with 389, and he also forced 18 fumbles and intercepted nine passes. Hiebert's highlights can be seen here. He also lettered in basketball and track.