Greatest Wildcats Jersey Countdown: #77

#77 Damion McIntosh (DT/OT) 1995-1999

Why?: His numbers aren’t mind-blowing, in fact they don’t even show up in the record books, but Damion McIntosh was special player. Coming to K-State in 1995, McIntosh watched Tim Colston and Ray Eagle dominate blockers for one season, before becoming part of the regular rotation in 1996. Backing up Jerome Evans and Andrew Timmons, McIntosh saw significant playing time that season, even playing the Cotton Bowl against BYU. McIntosh remained a backup seeing regular playing time in 1997, serving behind Jerome Evans and junior college transfer Andrae Rowe. By 1998, McIntosh was a starter alongside Rowe on an impressive defensive front that included Joe Bob Clements and Darren Howard. McIntosh earned second team All-Conference honors that year. In 1999, McIntosh proved himself to be a consummate team player, switching from defense to offense and providing a stable force at left tackle for the departed Ryan Young. McIntosh never received any further post-season honors, but his presence on the defensive and offensive lines was critical in the Wildcats maintaining the high level of play that began in 1995. McIntosh was drafted in the 3rd round by the San Diego Chargers and went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL with the Chargers, Dolphins, Chiefs, and Seahawks.

Career Numbers:

Tackles: 105

TFLs: 20

Sacks: 7.5

Most Memorable Game: Facing KU in a rainy game in 1998, the Wildcats were already becoming a special team. That game is most remembered for a nasty hit on Zach Wegner, the KU quarterback, but we should not forget the complete defensive performance from that game. McIntosh was crucial in game that saw the Cats set a record for the fewest yards allowed in a game, holding the Jayhawks to 44 yards of total offense.

Current Player on the Roster Wearing #77: Carver Willis – True Freshman OL

Odds to Replace McIntosh on This List: 10%. This number could easily change as his career progresses, so it may seem low now, but there are too many unknowns with the offensive line right now to truly give anyone much of a chance of ending up on this list. His chances are better than many, given that he arrived early and was part of the first full class of recruits for Kleiman. This one will need to be re-evaluated in future years.

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