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86 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Trace Kochevar

In which BracketCat counts down the 86th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of tight end Trace Kochevar.

#86 Justin Swift
Stepping into the same number worn by K-State greats Justin Swift (86) and Brian Casey is a bit of a daunting proposition for a freshman tight end. Here’s hoping Trace Kochevar can live up to it.

#86 Trace Kochevar

Redshirt Freshman | 6-6 | 248 lbs. | Salina, Kansas
Trace Kochevar
Trace Kochevar
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Trace James Kochevar (b. Oct. 22, 1997) is a tall tight end who originally signed with K-State in 2016, but deferred his enrollment (grayshirted) to the spring of 2017. He used a redshirt season to develop, and will compete for playing time at tight end and on special teams.

A three-year letter-winner for Salina High School South under head coach Sam Sellers, Kochevar earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a junior and senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

He also earned all-state accolades from the Kansas Football Coaches Association as a senior in 2015.

Kochevar totaled 230 receiving yards during his prep career and helped the Cougars to earn a 20-5 record during his final two years, including a state runner-up finish as a senior.

He also was a three-year starter in basketball, earning all-county and all-league honors.

Kochevar’s father, Darrin, played college football at both Coffeyville Community College and Bethany College.