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73 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Alec Ruth

In which BracketCat counts down the 73rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Alec Ruth.

#73 Tavon Rooks
Tavon Rooks (73) was an extremely sound tackle for Kansas State. I’m still hoping Alec Ruth could provide the same service for the Wildcats.
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#73 Alec Ruth

Redshirt Junior | 6-7 | 300 lbs. | Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Alec Ruth
Alec Ruth
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Alec Phillip Ruth (b. Dec. 12, 1995) is an athletic offensive lineman who has developed during his last three years in the program. He will compete for playing time along the offensive front and on special teams in 2017.

Ruth, who redshirted in 2014 and did not see any game action in 2015, started at left tackle for the White team in the 2016 spring game. He appeared in two games last season as a backup lineman, seeing time against Florida Atlantic and Kansas.

He slid over to start at right tackle for White in the 2017 spring game, the position at which he spent 2016 backing up Dalton Risner. That Bryce Fitzner passed him to start for Purple at right tackle in the same game implies Ruth probably is going to be a career backup, but that happens when you’re stuck behind Scott Frantz and Risner.

Ruth, who lettered four years for Valor Christian High School, including his senior year under head coach Rod Sherman, chose Kansas State over offers from Northern Colorado, Oregon State and San Diego State.

He was named one of The Denver Post’s top 25 players in the state during the 2013 season and was ranked 30th nationally among offensive tackles by ESPN.

Ruth helped the Eagles to win the Colorado Class 5A state championship all four years. (Valor had won five straight state titles.) He also competed in basketball, wrestling, and track and field, and was an academic all-state student.