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1 DAY TO 2018 KICKOFF: Blake Richmeier

In which BracketCat counts down the last day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Blake Richmeier.

#35 Will Davis
Blake Richmeier stepped into Will Davis’ No. 35 last season. I predicted he would see less playing time than Davis did in 2016, which ended up being true. He did see playing time on special teams in two games, though, and perhaps that portends a greater role in 2018.
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Goal No. 1: COMMITMENT. To common goals and to being successful.

#35 Blake Richmeier

Redshirt Junior | 6-1 | 233 lbs. | Holcomb, Kansas
Blake Richmeier
Blake Richmeier
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Blake Stanford Richmeier (b. Jan. 11, 1997) is a preferred walk-on linebacker from Butler Community College, where he played one season before transferring to K-State.

Richmeier redshirted in 2016 and, in 2017, played against both Oklahoma State and UCLA in the Cactus Bowl on kickoff coverage. He projects as a special teams player in 2018, too.

Prior to selecting the Grizzlies to begin his college education, Richmeier played his high school football at Holcomb High School under head coach Kent Teeter.

He totaled 142 career tackles — 138 unassisted — with four interceptions and four sacks, and also rushed for 1,308 yards and 23 touchdowns during his high school career.

Richmeier helped the Longhorns to earn a 10-2 record during his senior season in 2014, when he had 101 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

A 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker who also played in the Longhorns’ backfield, he was regarded as one of the top players in western Kansas during his junior and senior seasons.

During his senior season, Richmeier helped the Longhorns to advance to the Class 4A Division II semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Andale.

In all, he rushed for 1,308 yards and 23 touchdowns in his prep career.

Richmeier earned all-state honors as a linebacker from The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capital-Journal in 2014, and also earned first-team all-league and all-area honors as a junior and a senior.

“He’s a great kid and provided great leadership for us this past year,” Holcomb coach Kent Teeter said of Richmeier in a February 2015 interview with The Garden City Telegram. “He’s mature for his age. He has high goals and expectations, and has great leadership abilities.”

Richmeier tore his anterior cruciate ligament early in the second half of the 2014 loss to Andale, but his rehabilitation went well.

He was selected to play for the West team in the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

In addition to Butler, Richmeier received recruiting interest from Fort Hays State University, Dodge City Community College and Garden City Community College. He played in six games during 2015 at Butler Community College under head coach Tim Schaffner.

Richmeier recorded nine tackles, half a tackle for loss and a pass breakup, while he tallied a season-high four tackles against both Air Force Prep and Iowa Central Community College.