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4 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Dominique Heath

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In which BracketCat counts down the fourth day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Dominique Heath.

When he wasn't battling nagging injuries in 2015, Dominique Heath was a spark plug for a K-State team lacking explosive star power. One thing I'm not going to miss, though? "No. 4 is now wearing No. 87."
When he wasn't battling nagging injuries in 2015, Dominique Heath was a spark plug for a K-State team lacking explosive star power. One thing I'm not going to miss, though? "No. 4 is now wearing No. 87."
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Goal No. 4: IMPROVE. Every day... as a player, person and student.

#4 Dominique Heath
Redshirt Sophomore
5-9 | 175
Huntersville, N.C.

Bio

Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Dominique Ali Heath (b. Feb. 22, 1996) is a versatile and athletic player who was an integral part of the offense and special teams as a redshirt freshman. He will look to improve on both offense and special teams as a sophomore.

He has earned preseason All-Big 12 honors as a punt returner from Phil Steele prior to this season and the last.

After redshirting in 2014, Heath originally impressed in the 2015 spring game with six punt returns for 157 yards (one a 75-yard touchdown) and nine kick returns for 217 yards. This year, he only had 55 receiving yards, though.

Heath played in every game in 2015 with four starts at wide receiver, while also serving as the primary punt returner.

He finished second on the team in catches (28) and touchdowns (three), while he was third in yards (313). He also ranked third in school history in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions among freshmen.

Heath returned 21 punts for a 7.2-yard average, which ranked second in the Big 12. He had his best receiving game right out of the gate with three receptions for 54 yards — including a long of 43 yards — against South Dakota.

He recorded a season-high five catches against Iowa State, while he had one touchdown apiece against Louisiana Tech, Texas and Texas Tech. His touchdown against Louisiana Tech was a 22-yarder in the first overtime, while he also had a season-long 58-yard punt return against the Bulldogs.

Heath played for Hopewell (N.C.) High School under head coach Matthew Jenkins. He was named all-county and all-area by The Charlotte Observer, while he also was the conference's special teams player of the year.

He collected 830 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior through the air while rushing for 525 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned punts for an average of 20.5 yards on punt returns and 18.7 yards on kickoff returns.

After setting school records for the Titans for touchdowns, receiving yards and all-purpose yards, Heath was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He was just a two-star player with offers from smaller schools, but he did draw interest from several home-state schools in the ACC. The fools were scared off by his lack of size.