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6 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Johnathan Durham

In which BracketCat counts down the sixth day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Johnathan Durham.

#6 Byron Garvin
Buildwise, Johnathan Durham bears some resemblance to former K-State cornerback Byron Garvin (6). Both are tall, physical corners who pose a strong challenge to wide receivers.
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#6 Johnathan Durham

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 185 lbs. | Aledo, Texas
Johnathan Durham
Johnathan Durham
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Johnathan Nelson Durham (b. Aug. 9, 1996) is an athletic young defensive back who has developed over the last two years. He will compete for playing time on defense and special teams in 2017 after lining up as a backup cornerback last season.

A promising corner from Aledo High School in Texas, Durham redshirted in 2015 and started for the Purple team in the 2016 spring game and performed well. He tallied four solo tackles and had decent coverage, although he gave up two touchdowns.

Durham played in the Florida Atlantic and Oklahoma State games, but did not collect any statistics. He had three solo tackles for the White team in the 2017 spring game.

A two-year letter-winner for Aledo under head coaches Tim Buchanan and Steve Wood, Durham helped to lead the Bearcats to back-to-back state championships, claiming the Texas Class 4A Division II title as a junior with a 16-0 record and a Texas Class 5A Division I title as a senior with a 15-1 mark.

He earned first-team all-state honors from the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors and All-District 8-5A accolades as a senior, and also was a first-team member of the Class 5A Padilla Poll Coaches all-state team.

Durham tallied 31 tackles, five interceptions and 15 pass deflections in 2014; earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior, in addition to first-team all-district honors; and tallied seven interceptions as a junior.

An academic all-district performer, he also competed in track and was a high school teammate of Jordan Mittie, the son of K-State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie, who still was TCU’s women’s basketball coach at the time.