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66 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Aidan Mills

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In which BracketCat counts down the 66th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Aidan Mills.

#66 B.J. Finney
He has a long way to go to be truly worthy of B.J. Finney’s No. 66, but I think Aidan Mills has some of the same tools and the hard-working Kansas background to do it.

#66 Aidan Mills

Redshirt Freshman | 6-5 | 313 lbs. | Newton, Kansas
Aidan Mills
Aidan Mills
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Aidan Michael Mills (b. April 11, 1999) is a tough, young offensive lineman who grayshirted in 2017 to continue recovering from an injury and enrolled in the spring of 2018. He then redshirted last season.

Mills lettered three years for Newton High School under head coach Nate Wollenberg and was regarded as the seventh-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.

He has played fullback, quarterback, linebacker, and both the offensive and defensive lines.

Interestingly, most of his highlights above are from the defensive side. “I’m a competitor,” Mills told GoPowercat.com’s D. Scott Fritchen:

I don’t like to lose. I’ll fight for my position. I’ll fight for every yard. I’m also a very quick learner, so it doesn’t take me long to learn plays and do what I’m supposed to do. I’ve played both sides of the ball throughout my whole high school career at defensive end and at tackle, so at tackle, I know some of the tendencies of defensive ends and what they’re trying to do. That’ll help me a lot with blocking and being able to defend the quarterback.

Milles was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team as a senior in 2016, while he was an honorable mention pick by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

He picked up three straight all-league accolades, including first-team honors as senior; also participated in basketball and track for the Railers, earning state runner-up honors in the shot put in 2015; and was a three-year member of the honor roll in high school.

Mills’ interests other than sports include MMA, camping, hunting, going out on the lake and anything outdoors. He actually grew up a KU fan, but predictably wasn’t offered by the Jayhawks. It’s always sweet to turn these kids against their childhood favorites...

Mills ended up choosing K-State over an offer from Wyoming and interest from Duke.