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92 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Matt Seiwert

In which BracketCat counts down the 92nd day until kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Matt Seiwert.

Matt Seiwert isn't anywhere near Vai Lutui's level yet at defensive tackle, but he has the potential to get there in a season or two if he keeps working hard.
Matt Seiwert isn't anywhere near Vai Lutui's level yet at defensive tackle, but he has the potential to get there in a season or two if he keeps working hard.
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MattSeiwert

#92 Matt Seiwert
Redshirt Sophomore
6-3 | 289
Conway Springs, Kan.

Bio

Position: Defensive Tackle

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Matt Patrick Seiwert (b. Sept. 5, 1993) is an athletic defensive lineman who played linebacker in high school, saw limited action as a reserve in 2014 after redshirting in 2013 and looks to earn more playing time as a sophomore.

He saw action in two games last season, including against Stephen F. Austin, when he recorded two tackles.

A defensive line prospect from the 2012 class who grayshirted that year, Seiwert is the brother of former K-State walk-on tight end Darrin Seiwert and was a high school teammate of current Wildcats defensive end Tanner Wood.

In Travis Britz's absence, Seiwert started for Purple's defense in the 2015 spring game at defensive tackle, and had one assisted tackle and two solo tackles. He has been second-string on the depth chart for the past two seasons.

He made The Topeka Capital-Journal's Top 11 as a high school senior and was also an all-classes pick. He was a 2011 MaxPreps All-American, and a first-team All-Central Plains League pick on offense and defense.

Seiwert, who also was named co-defensive MVP for the Central Plains League, helped Conway Springs to win the 2011 Class 3A State championship with four assisted tackles, one for a loss, and a fumble recovery.

Under coach Matt Biehler, Seiwert led Conway Springs to a combined 38-4 record and two state titles in three seasons, and also earned all-league and all-state honors in basketball and javelin (in which he threw 187 feet).

Seiwert is a gifted athlete who projects well as a defensive tackle in several years, but at 289 pounds, he needs to do a little more eating this season to get closer to his target weight. (Although that number's probably out of date.)