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63 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Ben Adler

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In which BracketCat counts down the 63rd day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Ben Adler.

#63 Ben Adler
After seeing more (albeit still spotty) playing time last year, Snyder-era holdover Ben Adler (63) has just two seasons left to make a major impact.
Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images

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#63 Ben Adler

Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 320 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Ben Adler
Ben Adler
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Benjamin Joseph Adler (b. Oct. 17, 1998) is a highly touted offensive guard prospect from Trinity Academy in Wichita who is majoring in construction science and management.

He redshirted in 2017, started at left guard for the White team in the 2018 spring game and played in one game in 2018, seeing action late in the UTSA game.

Adler saw action in three games last season, serving as a reserve offensive lineman against Nicholls, Bowling Green and Kansas. He has a leg up on a possible starting position in 2020.

Ben’s older brother, Will, was a sharpshooting small forward for Winfield High School and Butler County Community College, while their father, Marcus, played collegiate baseball at Missouri and minor league baseball as part of the Detroit Tigers system.

After two seasons in Winfield, Ben Adler transferred to Trinity Academy, where he played under head coach Jared Daniel. He was rated the nation’s 47th-best guard and the fourth-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2017 by Scout.

Adler also was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team, while he was an All-Midlands Region selection by PrepStar. He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, following the 2016 season.

Adler earned all-state honors as a senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA), while he was an honorable mention selection by the Capital-Journal and Eagle as a junior. He was named to the Eagle’s Top 33 team as a senior and selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Adler also was an all-state baseball player for the Knights as a first baseman and designated hitter. He was a high school teammate of current Wildcats Tyler Burns and Hillard Cozine.

Adler has an amusing story about what finally pushed him over the edge to commit to K-State in the summer of 2017, which he once related to GoPowercat.com’s D. Scott Fritchen:

“Adler” in German means “eagle,” and there was an eagle on the front of the Bible on Coach (Charlie) Dickey’s desk.

I don’t know if it was carved or burnt into it, but I looked at it and was like, “Is that a Bible? Is there an eagle on there?” I go to a Christian school and like to say I’m a Christian. I think that was the sign that I was to pursue my career at K-State. ...

It gives me chills thinking about it. It’s a special program with a special coach. I just can’t be more excited to be a Wildcat and be a part of the offensive line.