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92 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Eli Huggins

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In which BracketCat counts down the 92nd day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive tackle Eli Huggins.

#92 Vai Lutui
Vai Lutui (92) was a great interior lineman for the Big 12 Championship team in 2012. In a few years, my hope is that the inheritor of his number, Eli Huggins, will be worthy of the same assessment.
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

#92 Eli Huggins

Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 285 lbs. | Cumming, Georgia
Eli Huggins
Eli Huggins
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • 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.