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71 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Dalton Risner

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In which BracketCat counts down the 71st day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Dalton Risner.

#71 Dalton Risner
Where Alex Barnes (34) goes, there Dalton Risner (71) usually leads the way. What a beautiful pair.
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#71 Dalton Risner

Redshirt Junior | 6-5 | 300 lbs. | Wiggins, Colorado
Dalton Risner
Dalton Risner
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Dalton William Risner (b. July 13, 1995) is a hard-nosed player who started every game at center in 2015 before switching to right tackle as a sophomore. He will continue to be a pillar along the offensive line in 2017 while serving as a team captain for a second straight season.

A 13-game starter at center who earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from Campus Insiders, plus second-team honors from Athlon and Scout, Risner helped K-State to rank second nationally in red-zone offense (94.5 percent) and 18th in passing yards per completion (14.12) in 2015.

He also helped the Wildcats to rush for 29 touchdowns, which was just one shy of entering the school’s top-10 list.

Risner blocked for six rushing touchdowns against TCU, tied for the fourth-most in school history. He also picked up second-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades. He did not participate in either the 2016 or 2017 spring games due to minor injuries.

For an encore in 2016, Risner started all 13 games at right tackle, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches and second-team accolades from the Associated Press.

He helped to lead an offensive line that paved the way for a school-record 5.27-yard-per-carry average, while they ranked third in school history in total rushing yards (3,013) and rushing yards per game (231.8), and seventh in rushing touchdowns (39)

Risner also helped the Wildcats to rank sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns. He was named to ESPN.com’s All-Big 12 Underclassmen team after being a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy, prior to switching to right tackle, and finishing as a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer.

Along with famed Blue Springs High School trio members Elijah Lee and Dalvin Warmack, Risner was one of Kansas State’s best recruiters in the 2014 recruiting cycle.

He committed in March 2013, shortly after Warmack became the first recruit in the class. And from that point on, Risner was tireless in tweeting other targets and urging them to pick K-State through social media, setting a precedent others have emulated.

Risner played for the Wiggins High School Tigers under his father and head coach, Mitch Risner.

He was named one of The Denver Post’s top 25 players in Colorado during the 2013 season and was an all-state selection by the organization in 2012. Risner also was named an all-state player by Root Sports in 2012 and 2013.

Risner was rated the nation’s sixth-best center and fifth-best player in the state by Rivals.com, while he was ESPN’s seventh-best center in the nation. He also placed fifth in the state in shot put in 2012 and participated in basketball.

He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, and the U-19 International Bowl between Team USA and Canada Football in Arlington, Texas.