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81 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Kaeson Risner

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In which BracketCat counts down the 81st day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of tight end Kaeson Risner.

#71 Dalton Risner
Dalton Risner’s little brother walked on at Kansas State last season and converted from quarterback to tight end.
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#81 Kaeson Risner

Redshirt Freshman | 6-4 | 235 lbs. | Wiggins, Colorado
Kaeson Risner
Kaeson Risner
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Kaeson Cordell Risner (b. Nov. 3, 1997) is a walk-on tight end who is the brother of starting offensive tackle Dalton Risner. Kaeson redshirted last season after selecting the Wildcats over Wyoming late in the recruiting process.

The younger Risner played quarterback at Wiggins under his father and head coach, Mitch Risner. He was named an all-league player on multiple occasions, while he also picked up all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Risner threw for 3,659 yards and 38 touchdowns during his career, in addition to rushing for 1,028 yards and 13 scores. He also accumulated 129 career tackles, seven interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Mitch Risner said Kansas State has a solid plan to help with the move to tight end for his son.

“What (Kansas State) really likes about Kaeson is that he is a big-body athlete,” Mitch told The Fort Morgan Times.

“They are going to start him as an H-back and use him in motion sets to leverage his long arms and long body. As he grows and matures, they will then put him in that true tight end spot with his hand in the dirt.”