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27 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Cameron Key

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In which BracketCat counts down the 27th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Cameron Key.

#27 David Garrett
Here’s hoping Cameron Key can be as hard of a hitter as his predecessor to wear No. 27, defensive back David Garrett. (R.I.P., David.)
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#27 Cameron Key

Redshirt Freshman | 5-9 | 177 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Cameron Key
Cameron Key
Courtesy Kansas State Athletic
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Cameron Carlton Key (b. Dec. 7, 1999) is a walk-on defensive back from Bishop Miege High School in Overland Park who plans on majoring in physics.

He redshirted in 2018 and earned the program’s Overachiever Award as the top freshman in strength and conditioning. While I project Key as a scout team member, he may play some.

A three-year letter-winner at Bishop Miege under head coach Jon Holmes, Key was named a 2017 first-team all-state performer by the Kansas Football Coaches Association, The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, which also named him honorable mention in 2016.

He combined for 197 tackles, six interceptions and 40 pass breakups during his high school career, including 57 stops and 11 pass breakups as a senior.

Key also returned punts in 2017, totaling 296 yards and two touchdowns, and prepped with current KSU wide receiver Landry Weber. He also had chances to walk on at TCU or Duke:

“K-State has a tremendous program...,” said Bishop Miege defensive back Cameron Key.

“What they have going there is really special. Hopefully I can come up there and help them out.”

The thing is, Kansas State has made it possible for players like Key, who will also be on K-State’s track team, to do just that. Like any program, walk-on players are every bit a part of the football team as those on scholarship. They have access to the same facilities and support system.