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87 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Nick Lenners

In which BracketCat counts down the 87th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of tight end/fullback Nick Lenners.

#87 Gavin Peries
I went with a picture of Gavin Peries (87) because, although a wide receiver, he was the closest in physical size to Nick Lenners. The other choices were small guys such as Dominique Heath and Deon Murphy.

#87 Nick Lenners

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-5 | 250 lbs. | Lincoln, Nebraska
Nick Lenners
Nick Lenners
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End/Fullback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Nicholas Renken Lenners (b. June 30, 1997) is a highly touted tight end prospect who redshirted during the 2016 season and also lined up at fullback as a redshirt freshman. He will contribute at both positions as a sophomore as he battles for starting duties.

Lenners caught a 36-yard pass in the 2017 spring game, playing for both Purple and White.

He followed that up with two catches for 28 yards in the 2018 spring game — which, while modest, is still more passes than any tight end caught all of last season, I believe.

Lenners played in 12 games last year, primarily on special teams and as a blocker at both tight end and fullback. He helped the K-State offense to rank third in school history in rushing yards per carry (4.98) and seventh in total rushing yards (2,584).

A three-year letter-winner for Lincoln High School Southwest under head coach Mark King, Lenners was rated the fourth-best player in Nebraska by both and ESPN, while the latter ranked him No. 26 nationally among all tight ends in the class of 2016.

He also earned first-team Super State and first-team Class A All-State honors from The Lincoln Journal-Star, and he was named to The Omaha World-Herald’s Super Six team, recognizing him as one of the top six prep players in Nebraska, prior to 2015.

That year, Lenners caught 18 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns for the Silver Hawks as a senior while recording 40 tackles, including 13 for loss.

He also caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in addition to recording 71 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and eight sacks as a junior.

Lenners was selected to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Nebraska Team as a senior.

He was a two-year Lincoln Journal-Star All-City team member, a two-year academic all-state and three-year academic all-conference selection, a two-year letter-winner in track and field, and a one-year letter-winner in basketball.