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11 PLUS 1 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Cody Stufflebean

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In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State tight end Cody Stufflebean.

#47 Gabe Gantz
Cody Stufflebean might be the first K-State tight end to wear No. 47 since Gabe Gantz (47).
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

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...

Goal No. 11: DON’T ACCEPT LOSING. If you do so one time, it will be easy to do so for the rest of your life.

#47 Cody Stufflebean

True Freshman | 6-4 | 235 lbs. | McPherson, Kansas
Cody Stufflebean
Cody Stufflebean
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cody Curtis Stufflebean (b. June 29, 2001) is a big, physical tight end from McPherson High School who plans on majoring in engineering and probably will redshirt in 2020.

While he is currently listed at tight end on the roster, there is a possibility he could end up at defensive end eventually.

Stufflebean played under head coach Jace Pavlovich at McPherson, where he was viewed as the 88th-best athlete in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports, while ESPN rated him as a defensive end, placing him No. 96 on the list.

He was named to the 2019 Wichita Eagle Top-11 Team and was a first-team all-state performer by both The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in addition to being named the league’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Stufflebean was named to the 2019 Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11 Team and was an all-state pick by the organization.

He finished his final prep season with 44 tackles, eight sacks and a forced fumble in just 21 quarters as the Bullpups outscored opponents 439-99 in 2019; had 12 catches for 193 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end; and was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Stufflebean, who was a 4.0-GPA student in high school, also lettered in basketball, earning first team all-league honors, and track, finishing second at the state meet in javelin and sixth in shot put as a junior. He prepped with fellow Wildcat Gabe Hoover.

Stufflebean chose K-State over offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Colorado, Kent State, Ohio, South Dakota, Toledo, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, as well as interest from Georgia Tech and Iowa State.

His primary recruiters were offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham, defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman and recruiting coordinator Taylor Braet.