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4 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Malik Knowles

In which BracketCat counts down the fourth day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Malik Knowles.

#4 Malik Knowles
Starting Malik Knowles (4) against Texas Tech might have been the best “panic” move ever. Kind of makes you wonder why we didn’t burn his redshirt even earlier, but I sure am glad now that he has potentially four more years to play four.
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Goal No. 4: IMPROVE. Every day... as a player, person and student.

#4 Malik Knowles

Redshirt Freshman | 6-2 | 186 lbs. | Mansfield, Texas
Malik Knowles
Malik Knowles
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Malik Jarnell Knowles (b. Aug. 17, 2000) is an athletic, rangy, young wide receiver who was signed as part of the Class of 2018 and played as a freshman. He is majoring in kinesiology.

Knowles saw time in four games in 2018, with a start against Texas Tech, but was able to preserve his redshirt. All in all, he hauled in 10 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Knowles’ 10 catches were the most by a K-State true freshman since Tyler Lockett in 2011.

His first career touchdown was a 21-yarder at TCU, while he hauled in an 8-yarder against Texas Tech. The game against the Red Raiders also featured career highs in receptions (5) and yards (56).

Knowles’ score at TCU was a career-long catch, while he also returned a kickoff for 12 yards against the Horned Frogs. Not a bad debut for probably our second-best returning receiver!

Knowles played under head coach Kirk Thor at Lake Ridge (Texas) High School, where he collected 40 receptions for 846 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior en route to first-team All-District 10-5A accolades.

He helped the Eagles to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Texas Class 5A D1 state playoffs, including a 113-yard, three-touchdown performance in his final high school game.

Knowles also participated in track and field in high school.