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46 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Jhet Burkhart

In which BracketCat counts down the 46th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Jhet Burkhart.

#46 Jayd Kirby
Walk-on linebacker Jhet Burkhart has taken over the number once proudly worn by fellow linebackers Jayd Kirby (46) and Brandon Archer.
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#46 Jhet Burkhart

Redshirt Freshman | 5-11 | 208 lbs. | Buhler, Kansas
Jhet Burkhart
Jhet Burkhart
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Jhet Robert Burkhart (b. March 25, 2000) is a walk-on linebacker from Buhler High School who redshirted in 2018. His parents, Mike and Shelbi Burkhart, both attended K-State.

A four-year letter-winner at Buhler under head coach Steve Warner, Jhet Burkhart picked up all-state honors from the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) as a senior in 2017 after recording 116 tackles and two interceptions.

He also earned honorable mention all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle after leading the Crusaders to three straight league championships, while they were the state runner-up in 2016 following an 11-2 season.

Burkhart ended his career with 341 tackles, the third most in school history. He played in the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl, and also lettered four years in baseball and two in powerlifting.