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11 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Winston Dimel

In which BracketCat counts down the 11th day until kickoff with a profile of fullback Winston Dimel.

Guess whose son is suiting up this season to learn the ropes from Glenn Gronkowski and Zach Trujillo?
Guess whose son is suiting up this season to learn the ropes from Glenn Gronkowski and Zach Trujillo?
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Goal No. 11: DON'T ACCEPT LOSING. If you do so one time, it will be easy to do so for the rest of your life.


Winston Dimel
True Freshman
6-1 | 220
Manhattan, Kan.


Position: Fullback

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Winston M. Dimel (b. Oct. 9, 1995) is a second-generation Wildcat whose father, Dana, was an offensive lineman for K-State from 1984 to 1986, and is the current co-offensive coordinator and running backs/tight ends coach.

A three-year letter-winner for Manhattan High School under head coach Joe Schartz, Dimel helped the Indians to earn an 8-3 record and a trip to the sectional round of the Kansas Class 6A playoffs in 2013 by catching 13 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Dimel was a two-time honorable mention all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

He was named to the 2013 all-state team by, as well as named to the All-Centennial League team as both a junior and senior. He also lettered in basketball at Manhattan High. Watch his highlights here.

Dimel was rated the 14th-best fullback nationally by, the 22nd-best tight end/H-Back by ESPN and the 10th-best player in the state by Despite those accolades, we were his only offer, for obvious reasons.

That's not to say no other schools were interested in him, however. They just waited too long to pull the trigger. As Dimel explained to

Dimel, who ultimately chose the Cats over finalists Oklahoma and Arkansas, admits he was tired of playing the waiting game. Having camped with both the Sooners and Razorbacks, both programs expressed interest, but weren't sure whether or not they'd take a fullback. Bill Snyder, on the other hand, knew he wanted a bruiser in the backfield and also knew he didn't need to look far.

His official program listing as a fullback notwithstanding, Dimel considers himself more of a hybrid or H-back:

"I feel like I can pose a threat in the passing game," Dimel says. "I have pretty good speed and good hands, so I can do a little more in the open field."

Regardless of which actual position Dimel ends up playing, his father is certain to be his position coach this year.