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50 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Ian Rudzik

In which BracketCat counts down the 50th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of fullback Ian Rudzik.

Ian Rudzik likely is not as talented as Reggie Walker. But he could wear the same No. 50, even though he projects more as a running fullback than a linebacker.
Ian Rudzik likely is not as talented as Reggie Walker. But he could wear the same No. 50, even though he projects more as a running fullback than a linebacker.
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Ian Rudzik
True Freshman
6-2 | 225
Ulysses, Kan.

Bio

Position: Fullback

Previous College: None

Projection: Grayshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Ian G. Rudzik (b. March 31, 1997) is another yet fullback prospect who's expected to delay his enrollment to spring 2017. He lettered all four seasons as a running back under head coach Jason Kenny at Ulysses High School.

Rudzik was rated the eighth-best player in the state of Kansas in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com and named a three-time all-state performer by The Topeka Capital-Journal, including first-team accolades as a junior and senior.

He was named The Hutchinson News' Defensive Player of the Year, and also earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior from The Wichita Eagle — the final year being named one of the top 11 players in the state.

Rudzik also picked up all-area accolades all four years after helping to lead the Tigers to three straight trips to the Class 4A state playoffs. He's actually a heck of a runner for a guy who projects as fullback. Think Winston Dimel.

A four-year starter who rushed for 7,164 yards and 91 touchdowns during his illustrious prep career, including 2,061 yards and 26 scores as a junior, Rudzik also recorded 26 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore and 24 as a senior.

Rudzik totaled 253 tackles as a linebacker, including 100-tackle campaigns in 2014 (100) and 2015 (103). He had 10 sacks in his career, including seven as a senior, and was selected to play in the 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

His father, Chance, played football at Pittsburg State, while his uncle, Chad, played at North Texas.

You can watch Rudzik's high school highlights below: