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SLATE: Klieman Continues to Stock 2020 Roster

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Jordy Nelson to retire as a Packer

#27 Jordy Nelson
One last look at Jordy in uniform.
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Previously

Our countdown to the Klieman era’s first game continues, and Bracketcat celebrated getting within 89 days of that benchmark moment by highlighting tight end Blaise Gammon. Gammon is an accomplished run blocker. But will the new regime let the 6’7 specimen catch the ball a little more often?

Football

Klieman and his staff continue stocking the roster for future squads, as Garner-Edgerton offensive lineman Talor Warner gave his verbal commitment to the Wildcats yesterday. The 6-4, 250-pound senior had offers from Akron and Ball State and had visited Iowa State before pledging to K-State. He is the seventh overall and third in-state commitment to the 2020 class.

If he’s good enough as a freshman, Warner could get on the field right away. This week we learned that Coach Klieman believes freshman who are good enough to help the team should get on the field immediately. Today, Kellis Robinett enlightens us on the coach’s though process on integrating freshmen into the line-up.

If season tickets are not in your future, you can line up to purchase individual game tickets beginning June 10.

Former Wildcat great and favorite son Jordy Nelson will return to the Green Bay Packers for a day, so he can retire from the team that allowed him to make his mark in the NFL. Nelson sat down with WIBW to discuss future plans, which include settling back in Riley County and perhaps helping coach high school football.

Track and Field

Fifteen Wildcats will represent K-State at the NCAA Championships in Austin. K-State is the only school to send multiple individuals in both the men’s decathlon (senior Simone Fassina and junior Aaron Booth) and women’s heptathlon (juniors Ariel Okori and Laren Taubert). Two athletes—senior discuss hurler Brett Neelly and senior 400-meter hurdler Ranae McKenzie—will be appearing at the national championship for the fourth time each in their careers.

Sophomore shot thrower Taylor Latimer, whose personal-best heave of 17.74 meters is only a centimeter shy of the school record, credits an attitude adjustment for her success this season. Lattimer won the event at the Big 12 Championship by nearly five feet and heads to the national championships with the sixth-best mark in the NCAA this season.