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7 MINUS 5 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Isaiah Zuber

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In which BracketCat counts down the seventh day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Isaiah Zuber.

#7 Isaiah Zuber
Isaiah Zuber’s (7) first career touchdown pass came quickly in the first game of last season. That wasn’t surprising, though. The real surprise is that he only managed to catch one additional touchdown all year.
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Goal No. 7: GREAT EFFORT.

#7 Isaiah Zuber

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 182 lbs. | Stone Mountain, Georgia
Isaiah Zuber
Isaiah Zuber
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Willie Isaiah “Speedy” Zuber (b. April 15, 1997) is an athletic wide receiver who contributed as a redshirt freshman and now will continue to be a part of the regular playing rotation while increasing his production in 2017.

After redshirting and developing throughout the 2015 season, Zuber played in every game last year, logging 24 receptions for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He ranked fifth in school history in catches among freshmen.

Zuber started his career with three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown at Stanford, becoming the first K-State freshman to catch a touchdown pass in a season opener since 1997.

He also logged a season-high four catches in consecutive games against Oklahoma State and Baylor.

Zuber carded a season-best 35 receiving yards — including a 12-yard touchdown — against Texas Tech. He earned Big 12 All-Freshman team honors from Athlon.

Zuber selected the Wildcats over interest from Georgia, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. His cousin, T.J. Stripling, was a linebacker at Georgia in 2011 to 2013.

One of my favorite stories about Zuber is that somehow, he grew up a huge K-State fan in the middle of Georgia (which probably made Andre Coleman’s job really easy), he told GoPowercat.com:

“I’ve been watching Kansas State on TV for a while,” the jubilant senior-to-be said.

“Probably since I was eight or nine years old, it’s been a place I’ve wanted to go because of the way they play and their stadium and the fans.”

“When it gets close to game time and they play that fight song with all the fans going crazy and it’s loud ... man, they’ve been a dream school of mine since I was young.” ...

“I was at home playing a video game with K-State,” said Zuber before letting out a laugh.

“My coach from high school called me and told me they officially offered, and I told him that I was going to commit.”

Zuber played under head coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High School, where he helped to lead the Jaguars to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs.

He earned all-region and all-county accolades for his work on special teams, while he was named to the sub-region team as a wide receiver.

Zuber totaled 879 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during his prep career, in addition to 470 yards and six touchdowns as a punt returner and 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns as a kickoff returner.