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19 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Tom Killilea

In which BracketCat counts down the 19th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Tom Killilea.

Tom Killilea will step in to Matt Kleinsorge's number, if not his shoes, as a walk-on offensive lineman. He projects as a center or guard, though, not a tackle.
Tom Killilea will step in to Matt Kleinsorge's number, if not his shoes, as a walk-on offensive lineman. He projects as a center or guard, though, not a tackle.
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#65 Tom Killilea
True Freshman
6-5 | 250
Overland Park, Kan.

Bio

Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: Walk-On

Thomas William Killilea (b. Oct. 7, 1997) is a walk-on offensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. It's extremely likely that he will redshirt this year to gain weight, because he is undersized even for a projected center.

Killilea started 23 games during the final two years of his career for the Saints under head coach Randy Dreiling.

He helped Thomas Aquinas to a collective 18-7 record his junior and senior seasons, including a state runner-up finish in 2014, and earned 2015 all-state accolades from The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Killilea also became the school’s all-time leader in career fumble recoveries, with nine; was selected to play in the 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl; and also participated in shot put and discus. Watch his high school highlights here.

Random historical trivia tidbit: Killilea is related to Meriwether Lewis, who is known best for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. You know, the one with Sacagawea, a.k.a. that lady on the golden dollar coins.