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17 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Nick Ast

In which BracketCat counts down the 17th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of quarterback Nick Ast.

#17 Jesse Ertz
At one time, Jesse Ertz wore No. 17. Now it belongs to freshman quarterback Nick Ast.

#17 Nick Ast

True Freshman | 6-5 | 180 lbs. | Cimarron, Kansas
Nick Ast
Nick Ast
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: Walk-On

Nick Gerard Ast (b. July 4, 1998) is a walk-on quarterback from Cimarron High School in southwest Kansas. He also is pretty much a lock to redshirt in 2017.

A four-year letter-winner for the Bluejays — including during his senior year under head coach Chuck Dirks, in which the team went 7-3 and won a league championship — Ast set career and single-game school records for both passing yards and total offense.

He was a three-time honorable mention all-state honoree from The Wichita Eagle.

Ast also lettered four years in basketball — earning two all-state citations — and track and field, in which he was the state champion in the 100-meter hurdles.

His father, David, was a three-year letter-winner for Kansas State at cornerback from 1983 to 1985. (You know, the dark days...)