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74 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Scott Frantz

In which BracketCat counts down the 74th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Scott Frantz.

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#74 Scott Frantz
Opponents started to get used to the sight of Scott Frantz (74) trucking defenders last season. Expect more of the same, Big 12 Conference.
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#74 Scott Frantz

Redshirt Junior | 6-5 | 297 lbs. | Lawrence, Kansas
Scott Frantz
Scott Frantz
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Scott A. Frantz (b. June 7, 1996) is a highly touted offensive lineman who has started each of the last two seasons at left tackle. He will look to hold down his starting spot as a junior while taking his game to another level.

Frantz has started all 26 career games played at left tackle, the most by a Wildcat underclassman since at least 1989. He started all 13 games in 2016 — the first Wildcat freshman to start an entire season at left tackle since at least 1988.

In 2017, Frantz helped K-State to set the school record for rushing yards per carry (5.27), rank third in school history in total rushing yards (3,013) and rushing yards per game (231.8), and finish seventh in rushing touchdowns (39).

He also blocked for an offense that ranked sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns.

Frantz earned Big 12 All-Freshman team honors from Athlon, while he was named to the All-Bowl team by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.

For an encore, he again started all 13 games at left tackle last season, helping to lead the Cats to a tie for third in school history in rushing yards per carry (4.98) and a seventh-place ranking in total rushing yards (2,584), finishing second in the Big 12 in both categories.

Frantz also blocked for a K-State bowl-record 344-yard rushing output in the Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA.

He is a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer who picked K-State over offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri and Purdue.

A three-year letter-winner for Free State High School under head coach Bob Lisher, Frantz led the Freebirds to an 8-4 record and a run to the state semifinals in 2014. The team went 10-2 and advanced to the semifinals in 2012.

He was rated the 48th-best offensive tackle nationally and fourth-best player in the state of Kansas by Rivals. He also was ranked the second-best offensive tackle in the state by Scout.

Named one of the top 11 players in the state and to the All-Class 6A teams by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in 2014, Frantz also was a first-team All-Metro selection by The Kansas City Star in 2014.

He also was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas Team as a senior, earned honorable-mention all-state honors as a junior and was named a first-team All-Sunflower League selection in both years.

Frantz was selected to play in the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl. He also played basketball.