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83 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Dalton Schoen

In which BracketCat counts down the 83rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Dalton Schoen.

#12 Mason Schoen
Dalton Schoen probably is best known as the younger brother of try-hard walk-on basketball player Mason Schoen (12).
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#83 Dalton Schoen

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-1 | 202 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Dalton Schoen
Dalton Schoen
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Dalton J. Schoen (b. Oct. 13, 1996) is a preferred walk-on wide receiver from Blue Valley High School Northwest who played in his first career game last season against Florida Atlantic after redshirting in 2015.

He is a model student-athlete whose individual accomplishments and a general lack of depth at wide receiver both suggest he could contribute heavily in 2017.

Schoen played three sports in high school — baseball, basketball and football — while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average throughout all four years. He was named The Kansas City Star’s male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Schoen, who got his working start as a kid by repairing lawn mowers, plans to major in mechanical engineering. He had numerous Division II and Division III scholarship offers, and even took a visit to Harvard, but elected instead to walk on at Kansas State, where his parents attended and his brother, Mason, was a walk-on on the basketball team.

Dalton Schoen also was a volunteer for Harvesters and the Special Olympics through First Downs for Down Syndrome, as well as a peer mentor for freshmen at his high school. He was one of six finalists nationally for a Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

Schoen earned first-team All-State honors as a senior after hauling in 42 receptions for 880 yards and eight touchdowns. He broke the Kansas high school record for receiving yards in a game with 380 on 12 catches with four touchdowns against Bishop Miege.

Schoen was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, where he set the game’s record with 169 receiving yards. He also lettered four years in basketball — winning two state championships and earning honorable mention all-state honors — and four years in baseball, earning second-team all-state accolades.

Schoen was targeted five times by Alex Delton in the 2017 spring game, catching four of those passes for 57 yards for the Purple team, with a long of 28 yards. I feel pretty comfortable projecting that he might be a key reserve on a run-heavy football team.