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67 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Reid Najvar

In which BracketCat counts down the 67th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Reid Najvar.

#67 Reid Najvar
As much as Jesse Ertz became the leader of the offense in 2016, Reid Najvar (67) showed even more improvement in capably replacing Dalton Risner as the heart and soul of the most dominating offensive line in K-State history.
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#67 Reid Najvar

Redshirt Senior | 6-4 | 295 lbs. | Spring, Texas
Reid Najvar
Reid Najvar
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Reid August Najvar (b. July 26, 1994) is a physical lineman who played in just two games in both 2014 and 2015 before starting every game at center during his junior campaign. Now he looks primed to start in the middle again as a senior.

After redshirting in 2013, and playing against UTEP and Oklahoma State in 2014, Najvar competed for more playing time as a sophomore. He switched from right tackle to left guard, then center, which he played against South Dakota and Kansas.

In his breakout season, Najvar started all 13 games at center in 2016 en route to honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league’s coaches.

He spearheaded a line that helped the Wildcats to set the school record for rushing yards per carry (5.27), rank third in school history in total rushing yards (3,013) and rushing yards per game (231.8), and finish seventh in rushing touchdowns (39). He also helped the Wildcats to rank sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns.

A first-team all-district pick and captain as a senior at Klein Oak High School under head coach David Smith, Najvar was named to the 2012 preseason All-Greater Houston first team and The Houston Chronicle’s 2012 Top 100 football recruits.

His brother, Jordan Najvar, played tight end at Baylor for four years after redshirting during the 2009 season at Stanford and later was signed as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys following the 2014 NFL Draft. Jordan currently is an offensive quality control coach at Tulsa.