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31 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Jahron McPherson

In which BracketCat counts down the 31st day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Jahron McPherson.

#31 Jahron McPherson
Jahron McPherson (31) finished 2018 season as a surprise starter, considering he walked on and practically nobody knew who he was that August. He finished 2019 by cementing his position.
Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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.

#31 Jahron McPherson

Redshirt Senior | 6-1 | 200 lbs. | Basehor, Kansas
Jahron McPherson
Jahron McPherson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Jahron Lee McPherson (b. Dec. 21, 1997) is an athletic nickel back who will look to continue starting in the secondary in 2020 after doing so in 13 games over the past two seasons.

He redshirted during the 2017 season after playing one year at the community college level.

McPherson played in 10 games in 2018 and drew one start against Kansas, finishing the season with 19 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception.

He carded a career-high four tackles at Oklahoma, his interception at West Virginia and both of his pass breakups at TCU, and also had three tackles against Kansas and Iowa State.

McPherson then played in 13 games in 2019, with 12 starts at nickel back, finishing fifth on the team with 36 tackles to go along with a tackle for loss and an interception.

He registered a career-high six tackles at Mississippi State, a game in which he tallied his first career tackle for loss, and picked off his second career pass at Kansas.

McPherson had five stops in the regular-season finale against Iowa State and four tackles apiece against Nicholls, Oklahoma State, and Navy. He is majoring in sociology.

McPherson prepped at Basehor-Linwood High School under head coach Rod Stallbaumer, helping the Bobcats to earn a 7-3 record and a district championship as a senior.

He picked up first-team all-state honors as a senior from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, while he earned honorable mention accolades as a junior.

McPherson played in the Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game following his senior year. He also played basketball and ran track during his prep career.

McPherson played in three games during his freshman season at Butler under head coach Tim Schaffner and was a JUCO teammate of fellow Wildcats Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman and Noah Johnson.

He had tackles against Coffeyville and Fort Scott, plus a pass breakup in the latter contest.