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58 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Trent Tanking

In which BracketCat counts down the 58th day until kickoff with a profile of linebacker Trent Tanking.


#58 Trent Tanking
Redshirt Sophomore
6-2 | 220
Holton, Kan.


Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Trenton Andrew Tanking (b. Nov. 19, 1994) is a former walk-on who was a major factor on multiple special teams units in 2014 and will continue to provide support on special teams while competing for playing time at linebacker.

Tanking, who has started for the White team in the last two spring games, played in all 13 games as a backup LB, recording nine tackles, and was fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage.

He also carded a career-high two tackles — both coming behind the line of scrimmage — against Oklahoma State.

Tanking played under former Kansas State linebacker Brooks Barta at Holton High School. He was named the Kansas 4A Defensive Player of the Year, and to The Topeka Capital-Journal and Top 11 teams.

He led the Wildcats to a 2012 Kansas Class 4A State Championship, and was a first-team All-Kansas Class 4A performer at linebacker as a senior by and the Capital-Journal.

Tanking was chosen to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl; named an all-league performer at linebacker as a sophomore, junior and senior; and an honorable-mention All-Kansas 4A pick at linebacker in 2010 and 2011.

A three-time all-county selection at linebacker, Tanking helped Holton to earn three consecutive league titles.

He also was a three-year letterman for the Wildcats basketball team, and an all-league and all-county pick at guard as a junior. He earned a 4.0 GPA, graduated summa cum laude and also was a FBLA Regional Champion.