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82 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Isaiah Zuber

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In which BracketCat counts down the 82nd day until kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Isaiah Zuber.

The last time we saw No. 82 on the field, Adrian Hilburn was giving his infamous salute. Hopefully, if he ends up wearing that number, Isaiah Zuber won't do anything quite so notorious and unfortunate.
The last time we saw No. 82 on the field, Adrian Hilburn was giving his infamous salute. Hopefully, if he ends up wearing that number, Isaiah Zuber won't do anything quite so notorious and unfortunate.
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IsaiahZuber

Isaiah Zuber
True Freshman
6-1 | 180
Stone Mountain, Ga.

Bio

Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Willie Isaiah "Speedy" Zuber (b. April 15, 1997) is an intriguing prospect with top speed who will play wide receiver.

He selected the Wildcats over interest from Georgia, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, all of which he visited as a junior.

One of the great things about Zuber is that somehow, he grew up a huge K-State fan in the middle of Georgia (which probably made Andre Coleman's job really easy), he told GoPowercat.com:

"I've been watching Kansas State on TV for a while," the jubilant senior-to-be said.

"Probably since I was eight or nine years old, it's been a place I've wanted to go because of the way they play and their stadium and the fans."

"When it gets close to game time and they play that fight song with all the fans going crazy and it's loud ... man, they've been a dream school of mine since I was young." ...

"I was at home playing a video game with K-State," said Zuber before letting out a laugh. "My coach from high school called me and told me they officially offered, and I told him that I was going to commit."

Zuber played under head coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School, where he helped to lead the Jaguars to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs.

He earned all-region and all-county accolades for his work on special teams, while he was named to the sub-region team as a wide receiver. You can watch his high school highlights here.

Zuber totaled 879 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during his prep career, in addition to 470 yards and six touchdowns as a punt returner and 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns as a kickoff returner.

The key to Zuber's game is that he is fast as hell:

Clocked recently at a 4.49, the skilled weapon is determined to drop his forty-time down to the low 4.4 or high 4.3 range as soon as he steps foot on campus next summer. ...

"I think I can help them with some speed, though. That's definitely an addition I can bring to the table."

Zuber's cousin, T.J. Stripling, was a linebacker at Georgia from 2011 to 2013.

Zuber has the capacity to help out a team that is searching for playmakers at the wide receiver position, especially those with speed, to help to replace Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton. I still expect him to redshirt, however.