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In which BracketCat counts down the 24th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Wykeen Gill.

#21 Wykeen Gill
Wykeen Gill (21) battled through injuries last season and made an impact at slot receiver, highlighted by this touchdown catch at Texas.
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 football season still is “technically” scheduled to proceed as planned in Manhattan, with the recent delay of our season opener until Sept. 12 against Arkansas State, we will reset and continue this Countdown for just a little bit longer...

#21 Wykeen Gill

Redshirt Senior | 5-10 | 184 lbs. | Atchison, Kansas
Wykeen Gill
Wykeen Gill
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Wykeen Akie Gill Jr. (b. April 28, 1998) is an interesting player. He walked on to K-State and redshirted in 2016, but was not a member of the team in 2017. He returned in 2018, though.

Gill caught one pass for 5 yards for the White team in the 2018 spring game. He saw action in 10 games during the 2018 season, including his first career start against Kansas.

Gill hauled in seven catches for 54 yards; had a three-catch, 22-yard game against the Jayhawks, featuring a long snag of 15 yards; and also caught two passes for 16 yards at TCU.

Despite nagging injuries, he saw time in 11 games in 2019, with starts against Bowling Green, Oklahoma State and Kansas, and came away with 16 receptions for 273 yards and two touchdowns for the season.

Gill registered his first career touchdown against TCU and had another one at Texas.

He tallied a career-high 70 yards at Texas Tech and hauled in a pair of 40-plus yard passes toward the end of the year, going for 44 yards at Texas Tech and 42 yards against Navy in the 2019 Liberty Bowl.

Gill played under head coach Jim Smith at Atchison High School, where he helped the Redmen to earn an 8-1 record with a league and district championship as a senior in 2015.

He was a two-time all-state honoree from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, while he was the league player of the year as a junior and senior. He also earned all-state honors in basketball as a junior and senior.

Gill, who originally walked on as a dual-threat quarterback, threw for 2,089 yards and 25 touchdowns on 122-of-223 aim throughout his career, while he rushed 219 times for 1,572 yards and another 28 scores. He is majoring in communication studies.