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3 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Dalvin Warmack

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In which BracketCat counts down the third day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of running back Dalvin Warmack.

#3 Dalvin Warmack
It wasn’t precisely a breakout year in the traditional sense, but Dalvin Warmack (3) definitely took a step forward in 2016. This year, he needs to continue that progress — and the coaches need to be creative in finding ways to get him the ball.
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#3 Dalvin Warmack

Redshirt Junior | 5-8 | 187 lbs. | Blue Springs, Missouri
Dalvin Warmack
Dalvin Warmack
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Dalvin Dashawn Warmack (b. Nov. 14, 1995) is a shifty and elusive running back who has shown flashes during the past two seasons. He will battle for starting duties — or at least considerable playing time — at running back in 2017.

Warmack committed to Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Toledo. He was one of the top high school backs nationally in the class of 2014 and a prep teammate of Elijah Lee who redshirted in 2014, but earned K-State’s Red Raider Award as the top contributor on the scout squad that season.

In 2015, Warmack saw action in nine games, rushing for 64 yards on 12 carries, including a career-high 40 yards at UTSA that featured a career-long run of 22 yards.

He also rushed for 16 yards on four attempts at Kansas and 8 yards on two carries against Arkansas in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl; caught two passes for 27 yards against the Razorbacks; served some time on special teams, returning two kickoffs for a 17-yard average; and earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.

Last season, Warmack logged time in 11 games, rushing 41 times for 211 yards.

He set a new career high with 90 yards against Florida Atlantic, including a career-long 43-yarder on his second rush of the game; tallied 43 yards, featuring a 36-yarder, against Kansas; and caught two passes for 16 yards on the year, including a 13-yarder at Stanford.

The first commit of K-State’s 2014 recruiting class, Warmack was a two-time Simone Award winner as the top prep football player in the Kansas City metro area while playing for Blue Springs High School.

He is the only two-time recipient of the award in its 31-year history and was only the second junior to win it. He also was named the 11th best all-purpose back nationally after rushing for 2,223 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior.

The list of recent Simone Award winners includes such notable K-Staters as Josh Freeman, Maurice Mack, and one of Warmack’s idols and role models, Darren Sproles.

Warmack earned Missouri Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) in 2013, and was the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

Named a first-team all-state player by MFCA and the Missouri media in both 2012 and 2013, Warmack also was selected to the American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Team as both a junior and a senior.

A two-time Kansas City Star All-Metro team honoree, Warmack was rated the ninth-best player in the state by Rivals after he hauled in three touchdown receptions to help to lead Blue Springs to the Missouri Class 6 state championship for the second straight season in 2013.

He totaled 2,300 yards and 45 total touchdowns, including 40 rushing scores, as a junior and was selected to play in the Blue-Grey North-South All-American Bowl in Tampa, Florida.