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37 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Parker Bruce

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In which BracketCat counts down the 37th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Parker Bruce.

#37 Rashad Harrell
Rashad Harrell (37) was the only K-State defender I could find a photo of wearing No. 37, which is more traditionally reserved for fullbacks. That is, until walk-on linebacker Parker Bruce took it over.
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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.

#37 Parker Bruce

True Junior | 6-1 | 213 lbs. | Andale, Kansas
Parker Bruce
Parker Bruce
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Parker James Bruce (b. Jan. 21, 2000) is a preferred walk-on linebacker who transferred to K-State from Butler Community College in the offseason and enrolled early for the spring.

He played two seasons at Butler, retains a redshirt and has three years to play two seasons.

Bruce played under head coach Dylan Schmidt at Andale High School, where he earned first-team all-state honors as a senior in 2017 from The Topeka Capital-Journal.

He carded a school-record 10 interceptions as a senior to lead all players in the state of Kansas, while his 16 total turnovers that season set an Andale High School record.

In total, Bruce hauled in 29 receptions for 423 yards and four touchdowns for the Indians.

He also competed in basketball — in which the Indians finished third in state and he was an honorable mention all-state player — and track and field, in which he was a state champion.

Bruce went on to play two seasons under head coach Tim Schaffner at Butler, where he registered 21 tackles, half a tackle for loss and an interception as a sophomore in 2019.

He came away with a season-high six tackles in a win over Trinity Valley in the Midwest Classic Bowl and his interception came against Snow College.

At Butler, Bruce played with fellow former Grizzlies and current Wildcats Hillard Cozine, Dawson Delforge, Derick Newton, Taiten Winkel and Ty Zentner.

His father, Kevin Bruce, played football for two seasons at K-State before finishing his career at Fort Hays State. Parker Bruce is majoring in secondary education.