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47 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Luke Sowa

In which BracketCat counts down the 47th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State fullback Luke Sowa.

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A search for prior K-State players who wore No. 47 yielded only this: A shot of reserve linebacker Jared Loomis celebrating during one of K-State’s most prominent and lopsided bowl losses ever.
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#47 Luke Sowa

Redshirt Senior | 6-3 | 238 lbs. | Millstone Township, New Jersey
Luke Sowa
Luke Sowa
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Fullback
  • Previous Colleges: University of Connecticut; Butler Community College
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Luke N. Sowa (b. Oct. 13, 1995) is a tough-minded player who was a mid-year transfer from the community college ranks in 2018, but did not see any playing time due to an injury.

He will battle for playing time on offense and special teams in his final season after a solid 2018 spring performance in which he had a 39-yard touchdown run for the White team.

Sowa played both defensive end and wide receiver at The Gunnery School in rural Connecticut under head coach Richard Martin. He also was an accomplished baseball player who earned All-New England honors as both a junior and senior.

Sowa then spent two seasons at the University of Connecticut under head coach Bob Diaco. He originally went to UConn as a walk-on and redshirted the 2015 season, then played in 2016, seeing action in seven games on kickoff coverage and kickoff returns.

Sowa earned a scholarship after his redshirt season, but alleges that five months later, he “was stripped of my scholarship, and told that I didn’t have the talent to play ball.” It’s worth noting that the coach who oversaw this roster move was fired at the end of that season.

Finally, Sowa played the 2017 season at Butler Community College under head coach Tim Schaffner, earning second-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors and helping the Grizzlies to earn an 8-3 record.

He was rated as the top community college fullback nationally in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports after hauling in three catches for 22 yards, including a 14-yard reception at Dodge City Community College.

At Butler, Sowa played with fellow current Wildcats Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman, Noah Johnson and Ty Zentner. His father, Nick Sowa, played quarterback at Illinois.