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19 MINUS 7 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Samuel Wheeler

In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State tight end Samuel Wheeler.

#19 Samuel Wheeler
Samuel Wheeler (19) arrived at K-State as a quarterback, but now suits up as a tight end.
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#19 Samuel Wheeler

Redshirt Freshman | 6-4 | 226 lbs. | Lenexa, Kansas
Samuel Wheeler
Samuel Wheeler
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Samuel Joseph Wheeler (b. May 18, 1999) was a young quarterback who originally signed with K-State as part of the 2017 class, but deferred his enrollment to the spring of 2018.

A prototypical dual-threat quarterback, Wheeler redshirted in 2018 and was a co-winner of the team’s Red Raider Award as the top contributor on the scout squad as a quarterback.

But that was then (Snyder 2.0) and this is now (Klieman). The new coaching staff moved Wheeler to tight end during spring practices in 2019 and he’ll now suit up at that position.

He played under head coach Tom Radke at St. James Academy in Lenexa, where he was rated the nation’s 39th-best dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and the sixth-best player in the state of Kansas by Scout.

Wheeler completed his career by throwing for 1,596 yards and 16 touchdowns on 121-of-274 aim, and he had a great senior season in which he tossed 13 touchdowns and threw for 1,187 yards en route to honorable mention all-league honors.

He also rushed for 634 career yards and five touchdowns, and was a member of the track and field team, participating in the high jump.

Wheeler picked the Wildcats over an offer from Missouri Southern State and interest from Wyoming. He is majoring in kinesiology.

Wheeler’s father, Sean, and uncle, Mike, both were wide receivers on Bill Snyder’s first K-State team in 1989.