#46 Jayd Kirby
Previous College: Navarro (Texas) College
Status: On Scholarship
Jayd T. Kirby (b. May 28, 1995) was a late community college signee who made an impact on special teams during his first season at K-State. He'll continue to add special teams support while battling for playing time at linebacker.
Kirby played under head coach Gary Grubbs at Blooming Grove High School, where he earned All-District 6-2A honors as both a quarterback and safety for the Lions during his junior and senior seasons.
He then played one season under head coach Brian Mayper at Navarro College, where he helped to lead the Bulldogs to a 7-3 record and a No. 14 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll.
Kirby earned first-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors after finishing the year with 70 tackles, 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
He recorded a season-best 11 tackles and three sacks against Cisco, while he had two sacks apiece against Kilgore and Blinn, and came away with nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble against Arkansas Baptist.
One year into his junior college career, Kirby learned he was able to transfer immediately to a Division I school. He spurned a scholarship offer to join the Kansas Jayhawks that year to play for their hated rival instead. Quality troll!
Last year, Kirby played in 11 games, totaling eight special teams tackles — all coming on kickoff coverage.
He set a season high with three tackles at UTSA, while he recovered a fumble on a kickoff against Louisiana Tech.
He also had tackles against TCU, Texas, Baylor, Kansas and in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas.