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19 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Samuel Wheeler

In which BracketCat counts down the 19th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of quarterback Samuel Wheeler.

#19 Kody Cook
Kody Cook (19) was a wide receiver who was forced to play quarterback due to rampant injuries. Samuel Wheeler is a quarterback who wears the same number and might well end up as a wide receiver.
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#19 Samuel Wheeler

True Freshman | 6-4 | 218 lbs. | Lenexa, Kansas
Samuel Wheeler
Samuel Wheeler
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Samuel Joseph Wheeler (b. May 18, 1999) is a young quarterback who originally signed with K-State as part of the 2017 class, but deferred his enrollment to the 2018 spring semester.

A prototypical dual-threat quarterback, Wheeler picked the Wildcats over an offer from Missouri Southern State and interest from Wyoming.

He played under head coach Tom Radke at St. James Academy in Lenexa, where he was rated the nation’s 39th-best dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and the sixth-best player in the state of Kansas by Scout.

Wheeler completed his career by throwing for 1,596 yards and 16 touchdowns on 121-of-274 aim, and he had a great senior season in which he tossed 13 touchdowns and threw for 1,187 yards en route to honorable mention all-league honors.

He also rushed for 634 career yards and five touchdowns, and was a member of the track and field team, participating in the high jump.

Wheeler’s father, Sean, and uncle, Mike, both were wide receivers on Bill Snyder’s first K-State team in 1989.