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16 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jesse Ertz

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In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until kickoff with a profile of quarterback Jesse Ertz.

I said you wouldn't have to wait long to read a Countdown post for K-State's likely starting quarterback in 2015, and I always keep my promises.
I said you wouldn't have to wait long to read a Countdown post for K-State's likely starting quarterback in 2015, and I always keep my promises.
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JesseErtz

#16 Jesse Ertz
Redshirt Sophomore
6-3 | 205
Burlington, Iowa

Bio

Position: Quarterback

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Jesse Sisco Ertz (b. Dec. 7, 1994) was one of the top prep quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2013 and will compete for the starting quarterback job in 2015 after redshirting in 2013 and serving as a third-string QB last year.

In fact, the consensus at this point is that the command position is Ertz's to lose after he had arguably the most impressive spring game of any K-State quarterback, so I'm going to pencil him in as the likely starter.

Ertz earned Kansas State's Red Raider Award in 2013 as the top contributor on the scout squad and saw action in four games last season, rushing for 46 yards on seven attempts, including 26 yards against Oklahoma State.

He was named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior year for Mediapolis High School and was an All-American honorable mention selection by Parade.

Ertz broke the Iowa high school state record for most touchdowns in a career (98) and ranks fifth in state history in career passing yardage (7,317). He registered more than 9,000 total yards and 130 touchdowns in his prep career.

He was named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year, as well as a first-team all-state selection by Iowa Preps, after leading Mediapolis to a state runner-up finish and a 13-1 record, and honored as the All-Hawkeye Player of the Year.

A two-time Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association first-team all-state honoree, Ertz twice was named to the all-district first team and was the district's 2012 MVP.

He was named to the Iowa Sports Connection's first-team all-state squad in 2011, was named the All-Hawkeye Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and was an Iowa Preps Elite second-team all-state selection as a junior.

A three-year letter-winner in basketball, Ertz was a first-team all-conference selection and a second team all-state performer by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2012. Woof, that is a lot of football accolades. Kind of exciting.

Ertz also was a first-team all-conference and third-team all-state performer as a sophomore, and a three-year letter-winner in track. He won a state championship in the 4x100 in 2012.