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28 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Ross Elder

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In which BracketCat counts down the 28th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Ross Elder.

#28 Chris Claybon
Not a lot of choices in the ol’ data banks if you want to find a picture of a K-Stater wearing No. 28. I had to settle for this photo of running back Chris Claybon.

#28 Ross Elder

Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 172 lbs. | Kansas City, Missouri
Ross Elder
Ross Elder
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ross Everett Elder (b. March 31, 1999) is a walk-on defensive back who redshirted in 2017.

He was one of the Purple team’s leading tacklers in the 2018 spring game, with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle, but I still expect him to be a minor contributor only in 2018.

Elder lettered two seasons under head coach and former Wildcat Tony Severino at Rockhurst High School, including his senior year in 2016, when the Hawklets went 9-3 and reached the state semifinals.

Elder totaled 90 tackles, five blocked kicks and two interception-return touchdowns during his prep career. He also earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, in addition to being named to The Kansas City Star All-Metro team.

Elder also lettered two years in track and field, picking up all-state honors in the 4x100 and 4x200, and two years in basketball. He projects a special teams contributor, most likely.

Ross’ father, Todd, was a wide receiver for the Wildcats from 1984 to 1986, while his uncle, Eddie, played basketball at K-State from 1983 to 1985 and ranks highly in school history in several statistical categories.