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91 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Mitch Copeland

In which BracketCat counts down the 91st day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Mitch Copeland.

#91 Brandon Harold
Let’s hope for his sake that Mitch Copeland’s career ends a little better than Brandon Harold’s did.
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#91 Mitch Copeland

Redshirt Junior | 6-0 | 263 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Mitch Copeland
Mitch Copeland
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String (Tie)
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Mitchell David Copeland (b. Nov. 14, 1995) is a preferred walk-on defensive tackle who redshirted in 2014 and did not see any game action in 2015.

He started for the White team in both the 2016 and 2017 spring games, and saw his first career playing time last season against Florida Atlantic.

Copeland lettered four years under head coaches Bill Messamore and Mike Gehrer at Wichita Collegiate School, where he helped the Spartans to earn a 30-11 record during his four years.

He was named a first-team all-state lineman as both a junior and senior, earning honors on the offensive side in 2012 and on the defensive side in 2013.

Copeland had 116 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his last two high school seasons.

He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Collegiate with his older brother, Myles Copeland — a former K-State linebacker — and all four years with former Wildcats quarterback Landon Root, who gave up football to pursue other passions.