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14 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Nick Walsh

In which BracketCat counts down the 14th day until kickoff with a profile of punter Nick Walsh.

Goal No. 14: CONSISTENCY. Your very, very best every time.


#14 Nick Walsh
Redshirt Freshman
5-10 | 198
Lyndon, Kan.


Position: Punter

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: Walk-On

Nickolas Kaden Walsh (b. April 29, 1994) is a a walk-on punter who used the 2013 season to redshirt and develop.

He will compete to take over starting duties as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Although Walsh started for the Purple team in this year's spring game, I personally favor Mitch Lochbihler to start this season due to his longer frame.

Walsh graduated early and enrolled at K-State in time for spring practices. Were he on scholarship, that would have made him a grayshirt, but since he's not, he's just an early enrollee who had to pay his way for another semester.

He punted twice in the 2013 spring game for the White team. His punts of 38 and 39 yards each were downed inside the 20-yard line. He punted three times in the 2014 spring game for an average of 42.7, with a long of 44.

Walsh lettered under head coach Rod Stallbaumer at Lyndon High School, where he led the team to a league championship and a state playoff appearance. He picked up all-state honors from The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association as a punter after averaging 42.6 yards in 2010 and 38.1 yards in 2011.

He was named an all-state running back by The Topeka Capital-Journal and KFCA after rushing for 1,330 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also participated in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Walsh also lettered in basketball, baseball and golf, earning first-team all-state honors in basketball and baseball while placing in the top 20 at the state golf tournament as both a freshman and sophomore.