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60 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Will Geary

In which BracketCat counts down the 60th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Will Geary.

Will Geary might have been the most pleasant surprise of the 2014 season. This year, he'll be a full-time starter.
Will Geary might have been the most pleasant surprise of the 2014 season. This year, he'll be a full-time starter.
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#60 Will Geary
Redshirt Sophomore
6-0 | 290
Topeka, Kan.


Position: Defensive Tackle

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Will Michael Geary (b. Sept. 12, 1995) already is a huge steal for us as a former walk-on defensive tackle who burst onto the scene in 2014. He will compete for starting duties this year at one of the defensive tackle positions.

Geary redshirted in 2013 even though many thought he could have played significant snaps. He earned the program's Overachiever Award as the top freshman in strength and conditioning.

He played in all 13 games last season, with five starts, including in each of the last three games, and came away with 30 tackles, the most among all K-State defensive tackles. He was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

Geary also logged 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble at West Virginia; tallied a career-best five tackles in a win at No. 11 Oklahoma; and registered sacks in back-to-back games against West Virginia and KU.

A 2012 All-City League first-team pick at defensive lineman under coach Walt Alexander at Topeka High School, Geary was named to both The Topeka Capital-Journal and 2012 Top 11 teams.

He also was picked as an All-State 6A first-team offensive lineman by the Capital-Journal and, and was named the Kansas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year in Topeka.

Geary, who was selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl, was the back-to-back Class 6A state wrestling champion in the 285-pound class. He also won a national heavyweight wrestling crown.

The defending Class 6A state powerlifting champion, Geary also participated in baseball, as well as track and field.

One poster said Geary led the defensive line in 40 time and squatted 660 pounds, also tops for the defensive line. I love Geary's makeup and it seems like wrestlers make really good football players for us.

Oh, and now for the icing on the cake: Geary hails from a Jayhawk family and his grandfather is a legendary poster on the message board. The poor man has had to buy K-State gear and watch our games now.