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77 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Nick Kaltmayer

In which BracketCat counts down the 77th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Nick Kaltmayer.

#77 Nick Kaltmayer
The instruction backup right tackle Nick Kaltmayer (77) received from offensive line coach Charlie Dickey in 2017 paid off in a big way when he was called up to start in place of the injured Dalton Risner during the Cactus Bowl. All he did then was help to block for one of the greatest bowl rushing performances in Kansas State history.
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#77 Nick Kaltmayer

Redshirt Junior | 6-7 | 293 lbs. | Edwardsville, Illinois
Nick Kaltmayer
Nick Kaltmayer
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: Western Illinois University
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Nicholas David Kaltmayer (b. June 13, 1997) is a big offensive lineman who was used primarily on special teams and as a reserve lineman in 2017 after transferring from Western Illinois prior to 2016. He will complete for time along the offensive line again in 2018.

Kaltmayer redshirted in 2016 after transferring to K-State from Western Illinois, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision’s Missouri Valley Conference.

He started at left tackle for the White team in the 2017 spring game and was listed as the backup left tackle throughout the season, seeing time in every game as a reserve.

Kaltmayer was used primarily on field goal protection during the regular season and he earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

He then drew a start at right tackle in place of the injured Dalton Risner in the Cactus Bowl against UCLA, when he helped to block for a K-State bowl-record 344-yard rushing output against the Bruins as he went on to earn All-Bowl Team honors from ESPN.com.

Kaltmayer played under head coach Matt Martin for Edwardsville High School, where he earned first-team All-Southwestern Conference honors following his senior year, while he was a second-team honoree as a junior.

He also picked up first-team All-St. Louis Metro Area accolades, was an Academic All-State performer, and lettered in basketball and track and field.

Kaltmayer’s No. 1 sports highlight for the Tigers was playing East St. Louis his junior year, when they scored a touchdown in the last minute, went for two and got it on the longest play of his career.

He played in six of the final seven games of the 2015 season as a true freshman at Western Illinois, including a start at eventual five-time national champion North Dakota State.

He helped the Leathernecks to earn wins at No. 10 Youngstown State, at South Dakota and versus No. 18 Indiana State that year.