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#92 Eli Huggins
Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 285 lbs. | Cumming, Georgia
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Eli David Huggins (b. July 29, 1998) is a developing defensive tackle who enrolled early at K-State and participated in 2017 spring practices, a process known as “grayshirting.”
This tough interior lineman used his first year in the program to develop and played in one game as a reserve defensive tackle in 2018, recording a single tackle against UTSA.
Huggins saw action in six games in 2019 as a reserve defensive tackle, collecting five stops and a tackle for loss.
He had a career-high two tackles against Bowling Green and Oklahoma State, recording his tackle for loss against the former, and also earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.
Huggins (no relation to the ex-K-State men’s basketball coach) was a four-year letter-winner for West Forsyth High School under head coaches Adam Clark and Frank Hepler, helping the Wolverines to advance to three state playoff appearances.
He was named the 21st-best strongside defensive end in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports and was an All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStar.
Huggins picked up honorable mention all-state honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a junior in 2015, and also earned first-team all-county and all-region accolades. He was named to the all-county first team by The Forsyth County News.
Huggins totaled 217 tackles in his career, including 80 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior en route to the school’s single-season sack record. He totaled 31 tackles for loss and 20 sacks.
Huggins also was a member of his high school’s fishing team, placing third at the state championship in 2013 and fourth in 2014.
His brother, Jake Huggins, is a redshirt freshman fullback for the Wildcats.