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57 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Colborn Couchman

In which BracketCat counts down the 57th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Colborn Couchman.

Anyone who can help to bring down Tyreek Hill with a cast on his left thumb, as Colborn Couchman did above, is worthy of a front-page photo, don't you think?
Anyone who can help to bring down Tyreek Hill with a cast on his left thumb, as Colborn Couchman did above, is worthy of a front-page photo, don't you think?
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#57 Colborn Couchman
Redshirt Senior
6-2 | 218
Scott City, Kan.


Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Colborn Levi Couchman (b. Nov. 11, 1993) is a former in-state walk-on who has turned into one of the top special teams players on the team, leading all active Wildcats with 29 career special teams tackles.

He will look to add more support on special teams and as a reserve linebacker during his final season.

After redshirting in 2012, Couchman saw playing time in the final 11 games of 2013 and came away with a team-best 11 special teams tackles, including 10 on kickoff coverage, on which he became something of a torpedo.

Couchman registered a career-high three tackles in Kansas State's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory, while he also had two stops each against UMass, Baylor, West Virginia and Kansas.

In 2014, Couchman broke out, tying for third on the team with eight special teams tackles, six of which came on kickoff coverage. He also had a season-high two tackles against both Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Couchman's career-high tying two solo stops against the Red Raiders represented the fourth time in his career that he had two unassisted tackles. He also recovered a fumbled punt at West Virginia that led to a K-State field goal.

He continued his strong play in 2015 when he played in 10 games and totaled 11 tackles, including 10 on special teams. Couchman again led the team in special teams tackles, which featured nine on kickoff coverage.

He also set a career high with four stops at UTSA, while he had three in the season opener against South Dakota.

Couchman, who picked up first-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades last season, chose to walk on at Kansas State over offers from junior colleges, Pittsburg State, Emporia State and other Division II schools.

Couchman lettered two years for Scott Community High School under head coach Glenn O'Neil, and led the Beavers to a combined 21-2 record, two league championships and one regional championship.

He was a first-team all-state defensive end in 2011 by the Kansas Football Coaches Association, The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle after totaling 87 tackles, including 24 for a loss of 102 yards.

He also led the team in solo tackles with 52, was named The Garden City Telegram player of the year, and was a first-team all-league pick on offense after totaling 1,242 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 8.2 yards per carry.

Couchman also lettered in track, winning a state championship in the 4x100-meter relay. He participated in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl. He also had nine pass receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown.