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48 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Ian Nordell

In which BracketCat counts down the 48th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive end Ian Nordell.

#48 Glenn Gronkowski
The only prominent K-State player in recent memory to wear No. 48 was Glenn Gronkowski. Now the number shifts back to the defensive side with defensive end Ian Nordell.
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#48 Ian Nordell

Redshirt Freshman | 6-3 | 232 lbs. | Concordia, Kansas
Ian Nordell
Ian Nordell
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ian Nordell (b. May 13, 1998) is a preferred walk-on defensive end who redshirted in 2017.

He had one solo tackle for the Purple team in the 2018 spring game. I think he eventually could develop into a special teams contributor.

A four-year letter-winner at Concordia High School under head coaches Tim Lambert and Austin Kingsberry, Nordell picked up all-state honors at linebacker from The Topeka Capital-Journal as both a junior and senior, while he was honored by The Wichita Eagle as a junior.

He set the school’s single-season record with 23 tackles for loss as a junior, while he ranks second in career tackles.

Nordell also lettered four years in baseball and basketball, picking up all-state honors in both sports. He is majoring in secondary education.