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79 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Adam Holtorf

In which BracketCat counts down the 79th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Adam Holtorf.

#79 Adam Holtorf
Adam Holtorf (79), seen here protecting former K-State quarterback Jesse Ertz in the 2017 Texas game, has stepped up in a big way these last two seasons, starting every game at center since the unexpected departure of prior starter Reid Najvar.
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

#79 Adam Holtorf

Redshirt Senior | 6-4 | 302 lbs. | Seward, Nebraska
Adam Holtorf
Adam Holtorf
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Adam Christian Holtorf (b. May 10, 1997) is a talented young offensive lineman who was successful in his first year as a full-time starter in 2017 after the unexpected early departure of Reid Najvar. He now will look to retain his two-year starting spot at center as a senior.

Holtorf redshirted in 2015 and saw his first action in 2016 as a backup center against Florida Atlantic and TCU. He also started for Purple in the 2017 spring game in Najvar’s absence.

Holtorf then started every game at center in 2017. He helped to lead the offensive line that blocked for the third most rushing yards per carry (4.98) in school history, while the Wildcats finished seventh in school history in total rushing yards (2,584).

Holtorf also helped to block for a K-State bowl-record 344-yard rushing output in the Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA.

A second-team Academic All-American who also earned CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District 7 honors, he was one of just 10 Big 12 players in 2017 to earn first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors with a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA).

Holtorf again started every game at center in 2018, helping to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the Big 12 by averaging 182.6 rushing yards per game. K-State also rushed for a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second in the league.

Holtorf again earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, in addition to being named a first-team Academic All-District honoree and a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer.

He was one of a Big 12-record four Wildcats who were nominated for the conference honor with a perfect 4.0 GPA and also spend much of the season on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.

A four-year letter-winner for Seward High School in Nebraska, including the last two years under head coach Jamie Opfer, Holtorf helped the Bluejays to earn an 8-3 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Nebraska Class B state playoffs.

He was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Nebraska Team as a defensive lineman, and also was named a two-year first-team Class B all-state offensive lineman by The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Omaha World-Herald.

Named first team Super State as a defensive lineman as a senior, and a Class B honorary captain by both the Journal-Star and World-Herald, Holtorf also earned first-team All-Nebraska honors as a defensive lineman and was honored as a first-team Class B all-state offensive lineman by the World-Herald.

He also earned second-team all-state honors as a junior and was an all-district performer as a sophomore.

Holtorf tied his high school’s career record with 37 games started; registered 81 tackles, including 18.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks as a senior; and anchored an offensive line that helped the Bluejays to accumulate 3,822 yards.

He also came away with 69 tackles, including 14 for loss, and five sacks as a junior in 2013. Rivals rated him the No. 5 player in the state of Nebraska.

Holtorf earned academic all-state honors, played basketball and qualified for state in the shot put. He chose the Wildcats over offers from North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Wyoming.