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In which BracketCat counts down the 23rd day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Ben Driver.

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#20 Denzel Goolsby
Team captain Denzel Goolsby (20) has graduated, leaving his jersey number available for redshirt freshman defensive back Ben Driver to take up.
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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...

#20 Ben Driver

Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 201 lbs. | Salina, Kansas
Ben Driver
Ben Driver
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ben Kay Driver (b. Sept. 22, 2000) is a preferred walk-on defensive back out of Salina High School Central who redshirted in 2019 and projects as a member of the scout team in 2020.

A four-year letter-winner at Salina Central under head coaches Mike Hall and Mark Sandbo, Driver led the Mustangs to a 7-3 record as a senior after not playing during an 0-9 campaign as a junior due to a broken jaw.

He earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association, while he was a second-team selection by USA TODAY Sports and an honorable mention pick by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Driver carded 100 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions in 2018; hauled in 20 passes for 392 yards and four scores on offense; and also lettered four years in basketball.

He is majoring in biology.