Goal No. 5: BE TOUGH. Mentally and physically.
#5 Ty Zentner
True Junior | 6-2 | 196 lbs. | Topeka, Kansas
- Position: Punter/Kicker
- Previous College: Butler Community College
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Tyler Jeffrey Zentner (b. June 7, 1998) is a community college punter and kicker who transferred in from Butler Community College. He has three years to play two seasons.
Zentner played two seasons under head coach Tim Schaffner at Butler, where he was rated the best junior college kicker in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he was ranked second according to 247Sports.
He earned first-team all-conference honors as a punter in 2018, helping the Grizzlies to earn a 8-4 record that included a win in the Midwest Classic Bowl, and held a 39.5-yard average on 64 punts as a sophomore, landing 28 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Zentner had a season-best 48.3-yard average against Ellsworth, which included a 70-yarder that came on the heels of a 45-yard average at Fort Scott.
He also was 9 of 16 on field-goal attempts and 31 of 37 on extra-point attempts in 2018.
Zentner connected on all four field goals in a three-point win at Dodge City.
He punted 14 times and was 1 of 3 on field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2017, during which he was a teammate of fellow Wildcats Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman and Luke Sowa.
Zentner played football during his senior season under head coach Jason Swift at Shawnee Heights High School, where he earned honorable mention all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2016.
He also lettered three years in soccer (he was a soccer goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds, earning two all-state honors) and two years in basketball (he was a starter on the basketball team that captured the Class 5A state championship his senior year, when he was named to the all-state tournament team).
Zentner picked K-State over interest from Michigan State. His primary recruiter was former special teams coordinator Sean Snyder and he is majoring in secondary education.