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5 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Alex Delton

In which BracketCat counts down the fifth day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of quarterback Alex Delton.

Alex Delton showed great potential as a runner last season. Now we need to see the same potential from him as a thrower.
Alex Delton showed great potential as a runner last season. Now we need to see the same potential from him as a thrower.
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Goal No. 5: BE TOUGH. Mentally and physically.

#5 Alex Delton
Redshirt Freshman
6-0 | 201
Hays, Kan.

Bio

Position: Quarterback

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Alex Christian Delton (b. Oct. 23, 1996) as a highly regarded quarterback quarterback who played as a true freshman in 2015, but saw his season end after just two games due to an unfortunate knee injury.

Delton, who graduated high school in December 2014 and enrolled at K-State a semester early, earned a medical hardship and will be classified a redshirt freshman in 2016. So at least the injury did not damage his eligibility.

He was merely adequate throwing the ball during the past two spring games, but his running skills already are fairly breathtaking. Whether that is enough for him to unseat Joe Hubener as the presumptive backup is yet to be seen.

A four-year letter-winner at Hays High School, including during his final season under head coach Bo Black, Delton was rated the 23rd best dual-threat quarterback nationally by Rivals.com and 33rd by ESPN, while he also was rated the fifth-best player in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com and the top quarterback in the state by ESPN.

Delton was an honorable mention all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in 2014 after rushing for 1,519 yards and 17 touchdowns, in addition to throwing for 1,402 yards and 13 scores.

He was named the 2014 Area Player of the Year by The Hays Daily News, while he also was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Delton earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and he finished his career with more than 6,700 total offensive yards and 75 touchdowns. He also lettered three years in track.

Last season, Delton played in each of the first two games, rushing four times for 18 yards, including three times for 10 yards in the season opener against South Dakota.