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8 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: D.J. Render

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In which BracketCat counts down the eighth day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back D.J Render.

#6 D.J. Render
D.J. Render (6) hopes a move from wide receiver to defensive back and a switch to Duke Shelley’s already-legendary No. 8 will provide the boost he needs to revive a somewhat-flagging career.
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Goal No. 8: ENTHUSIASM.

#8 D.J. Render

Redshirt Junior | 5-11 | 191 lbs. | Kennesaw, Georgia
D.J. Render
D.J. Render
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Darrel Joseph Render (b. March 25, 1998) is a speedy, athletic defensive back who got his feet wet with two seasons as a wide receiver, amassing no statistics, and now will compete for increased playing time in the secondary rotation in 2019 after his spring position switch.

Render, who is majoring in journalism with the hope of becoming a sports commentator, used a redshirt season to develop in 2016. He saw action in three games in 2017, getting snaps against Central Arkansas, Charlotte and UCLA, but did not record any statistics.

Render also saw time in seven games in 2018, but once again did not record any statistics.

He played for North Cobb High School under head coach Shane Queen, and recorded 52 catches for 520 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in 2015 en route to all-county honors and multiple offensive player of the week accolades.

Render helped to lead the Warriors to consecutive state playoff appearances as a junior and senior, and played basketball, also leading that team to the state playoffs.

He also competed in the long jump in high school.