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78 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Bryce Fitzner

In which BracketCat counts down the 78th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Bryce Fitzner.

#78 Bryce Fitzner
Longtime readers of this feature know I’ve been excited about Bryce Fitzner’s (78) potential for several years. Sick blocks like these are why. But I’m still waiting for him to seize a starting job.
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#78 Bryce Fitzner

Redshirt Junior | 6-7 | 292 lbs. | Poway, California
Bryce Fitzner
Bryce Fitzner
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Bryce Fitzner (b. June 24, 1994) is an athletic offensive lineman who saw increased playing time as a sophomore after using a grayshirt in 2013 and a redshirt season in 2014 to develop and become stronger.

Fitzner started at left tackle for the White team in the 2015 spring game, but eventually lost his position backing up Cody Whitehair to Ajahne Brager. Brager played sparingly in 2015 and Fitzner did not, which explains why Fitzner moved to right tackle in the 2016 spring game as a backup.

He broke through in 2016, seeing action in eight games, primarily on field goal protection and as a reserve offensive lineman. This was followed by his moving back to right tackle as a Purple starter in the 2017 spring game, in Dalton Risner’s absence.

However, the only spot to fill from last year’s starting line is right guard, which seems likely to go to Tyler Mitchell after he started few games last year at left guard. Barring injuries, then, it seems unlikely Fitzner will start this year, but he will be a key reserve.

Fitzner played under head coach John Morrison for Francis Parker High School, where he was a second-team pick at tight end as both a junior and senior.

He helped the Lancers to earn California Interscholastic Federation runner-up finishes in both 2011 and 2012, while he was a member of the 2009 CIF championship squad.

Fitzner also was a three-year letter-winner in basketball and a two-year letter-winner in volleyball.