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96 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Kaelin Key

In which BracketCat counts down the 96th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Kaelin Key.

#96 John Sua
Given a few years of development, Kaelin Key could grow into a another former walk-on defensive tackle like John Sua (96).
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#96 Kaelin Key

Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 282 lbs. | Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Kaelin Key
Kaelin Key
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Kaelin H. Key (b. Sept. 2, 1997) is a walk-on defensive tackle from Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park who redshirted in 2016. He was a four-year starter for the Stags under head coach John Holmes and rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.

Key helped to lead Bishop Miege to Kansas Class 4A state championships as a junior and senior, including an undefeated mark in 2014. He recorded career totals of 267 tackles, 67 tackles for loss and 20 sacks.

He also carded 102 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss, and nine sacks as a senior en route to Eastern Kansas League Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Key was named to the Top 11 teams by The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka-Capital Journal, in addition to all-state honors from both publications. He also competed in track and field. He tallied a sack and tackle for loss for White in the spring game.

Key’s father, Vincent, attended K-State and was the head team physician for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals.