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15 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Zach Reuter

In which BracketCat counts down the 15th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Zach Reuter.

#15 Zach Reuter
Zach Reuter (15) experienced a resurgence of sorts in 2017 after a 2016 season in which he barely registered any statistics. Although he is not the most talented wide receiver on the roster, he maximizes his ability, like any good Bill Snyder player. We probably wouldn’t have won the Iowa State game without him. He’s a solid senior to have on any team.
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Goal No. 15: LEADERSHIP. Everyone can set the example.

#15 Zach Reuter

True Senior | 6-3 | 197 lbs. | Columbia, Missouri
Zach Reuter
Zach Reuter
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Zachary Cale Reuter (b. March 14, 1996) is a talented wide receiver who did not redshirt, but he has contributed on offense and special teams in each of the last three seasons. He will look to push for increased playing time as a senior.

Reuter originally signed with K-State in 2014, but deferred his enrollment to spring 2015.

He played for Rock Bridge High School under head coach A.J. Ofodile and was a unanimous first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, which also named him to the all-district team.

Reuter also was selected to the American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Team and named The Columbia Daily Tribune’s Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 81 catches for 1,545 yards and 24 touchdowns.

His receiving yardage ranks sixth in state history, while he finished two touchdowns shy of tying the state record held by former Missouri and Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Reuter totaled 140 receptions in his two-year varsity career, and broke school career records for yards (2,317) and touchdowns (33). He was named all-district as a junior and played basketball.

In 2015, Reuter played in 11 games, including a start in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas. He caught six passes for 47 yards and had season highs in catches (three), yards (27), and long catch (12) against the Razorbacks.

Reuter also hauled in a 9-yard reception against TCU and a 10-yard catch at Texas Tech.

In 2016, he backslid a little due to the arrival of Byron Pringle, the return to full health of Dominique Heath, and the development of talented freshmen Isaiah Harris, Isaiah Zuber and former Wildcat Corey Sutton — two of whom did not even redshirt.

Reuter saw action in 13 games in 2016, catching two passes for 22 yards — a career-long-tying 12-yarder at Oklahoma and one that went for 10 yards at Baylor.

He also was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer who was one of only seven players — including two from K-State — to be nominated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Reuter saw action in all 13 games in 2017 as both a reserve receiver and on special teams.

He caught four passes for 49 yards on the year and came up big on K-State’s game-winning touchdown drive against Iowa State when he caught two passes for a career-high 38 yards, including a career-long catch of 25 yards to move the ball into Cyclones territory.

Reuter repeated as an Academic All-Big 12 performer as he was one of 10 Big 12 players during the 2017 season to earn first-team honors with a 4.0 grade-point average. He has been named one of 15 player representatives for the 2018 season.

Many did not expect Reuter to make much of an impact at the collegiate level — he had no stars on Rivals — but I think his high school and college production speak for themselves.