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63 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Ben Adler

In which BracketCat counts down the 63rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Ben Adler.

#63 Marcus Heit
Long snapper Marcus Heit (63) is the only photographic subject I could locate wearing that number for Kansas State. According to Ben Adler’s Twitter feed, he will inherit No. 63 this season.
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Ben Adler

True Freshman | 6-4 | 310 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Benjamin Joseph Adler (b. Oct. 17, 1998) is a beefy offensive guard prospect from Trinity Academy in Wichita who plans on majoring in construction management.

His older brother, Will, was a sharpshooting small forward for Winfield High School and Butler County Community College, while their father, Marcus, played collegiate baseball at Missouri and minor league baseball as part of the Detroit Tigers system.

After two seasons at Winfield, Ben Adler transferred to Trinity, where he played under head coach Jared Daniel. He was rated the nation’s 47th-best guard and the fourth-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2017 by Scout.

Adler also was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team, while he was an All-Midlands Region selection by PrepStar. He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, following the 2016 season.

Adler earned all-state honors as a senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA), while he was an honorable mention selection by the Capital-Journal and Eagle as a junior. He was named to the Eagle’s Top 33 team as a senior and selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Adler also was an all-state baseball player for the Knights as a first baseman and designated hitter. He was a high school teammate of current Wildcats running back Tyler Burns.

Adler has an amusing story about what finally pushed him over the edge to commit to K-State last summer, as he related recently to’s D. Scott Fritchen:

“Adler” in German means “eagle,” and there was an eagle on the front of the Bible on Coach (Charlie) Dickey’s desk.

I don’t know if it was carved or burnt into it, but I looked at it and was like, “Is that a Bible? Is there an eagle on there?” I go to a Christian school and like to say I’m a Christian. I think that was the sign that I was to pursue my career at K-State. ...

It gives me chills thinking about it. It’s a special program with a special coach. I just can’t be more excited to be a Wildcat and be a part of the offensive line.

Part of a highly touted offensive line class that will serve as the foundation for seasons to come, Adler arrives this fall ready to compete, even though he’ll likely redshirt:

Especially with what Coach Dickey is doing for these offensive linemen, I’m really excited.

He turns Kansas kids, small-town kids, into top Big 12 linemen. It’s really cool being able to go to a school in the state and to represent. We all have good chemistry. We’re all ready to work hard. It could be something special.