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19 MINUS 7 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Ross Elder

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In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Ross Elder.

#19 Colby Moore
Colby Moore (19) has graduated, opening up his jersey number for fellow walk-on defensive back Ross Elder to take over in 2019.
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#19 Ross Elder

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-0 | 177 lbs. | Kansas City, Missouri
Ross Elder
Ross Elder
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ross Everett Elder (b. March 31, 1999) is a walk-on who has featured on special teams units.

Elder redshirted in 2017 and played in 11 games in 2018, tying for fourth on the team with four special teams tackles. Three of his tackles came on kickoff coverage.

Elder also played in a reserve role on defense against UTSA when he broke up a pass.

He earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2018 and is majoring in finance.

Elder lettered two seasons under head coach and former Wildcat Tony Severino at Rockhurst High School, including his senior year in 2016, when the Hawklets went 9-3 and reached the state semifinals.

He totaled 90 tackles, five blocked kicks and two interception-return touchdowns during his prep career.

Elder also earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, in addition to being named to The Kansas City Star All-Metro team. He also lettered two years in track and field, picking up all-state honors in the 4x100 and 4x200, and two years in basketball.

Elder’s father, Todd, was a wide receiver for the Wildcats from 1984 to 1986, while Elder’s uncle, Eddie, played basketball at K-State from 1983 to 1985 and ranks highly in school history in several statistical categories.