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22 MINUS 7 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Nick McLellan

In which BracketCat counts down the 22nd day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State place kicker Nick McLellan.

#22 Nick McLellan
Nick McLellan (22) became the team’s primary kickoff specialist last season and also kicked a few extra points when Blake Lynch missed time with injuries. Look for more of the same in 2019.

#22 Nick McLellan

Redshirt Senior | 6-2 | 182 lbs. | West Des Moines, Iowa
Nick McLellan
Nick McLellan
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Place Kicker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Nicholas Ross McLellan (b. Dec. 28, 1996) is a a walk-on kicker and punter from Dowling Catholic High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in May 2019.

McLellan redshirted in 2015 and did not see any game action in 2016. He was true on his only extra-point attempt of 2017 against Charlotte.

McLellan served as the team’s primary kickoff man throughout a majority of the 2018 season, averaging 58.9 yards on 36 kickoffs with eight touchbacks.

He also was true on 4 of 5 extra-point attempts, with two apiece against Texas and Baylor.

McLellan had a season high two touchbacks against UTSA, TCU and Kansas, while he also had tackles on kickoff coverage against Texas Tech and Iowa State.

The first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer should hold on to his kickoff duties in 2019.

A four-year letter-winner under coach Tom Wilson, McLellan helped to lead the Maroons to state championships as a junior and senior as his team went 14-0 in 2013 and 13-1 in 2014.

In the process, he also broke the Iowa state record for points in a career by a kicker (283), PAT kicks in a career (206) and points in a season by a kicker (105).

McLellan earned all-state honors from both the state’s coaches and the Iowa Newspaper Association after making 206 of 213 career extra points and 26 of 36 field goals, with a long of 42 yards. He also held a 39.6-yard punting average.

In addition to kicking at the prep level, McLellan also played high school soccer and was a four-year letter-winner in this sport, as well.

The highlight of his senior season was a fake punt he ran against Waukee High School.

Kohl’s Professional Camps ranked McLellan the 90th-best kicker and the 62nd-best punter, both with a rating of 4.5. He also attracted interest from such in-state schools as Iowa and Iowa State, as well as Missouri and USC.