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In which BracketCat counts down the ninth day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State punter/kicker Ty Zentner.

#21 Devin Anctil
K-State will need to replace Devin Anctil’s (21) big leg this season. P/K Ty Zentner will be first in line.
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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...


#8 Ty Zentner

Redshirt Junior | 6-1 | 198 lbs. | Topeka, Kansas
Ty Zentner
Ty Zentner
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Punter/Kicker
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Tyler Jeffrey Zentner (b. June 7, 1998) is a former community college punter and kicker who transferred in from Butler Community College. He has two years left to play two seasons.

Zentner served as a kickoff specialist in four games in 2019 as he was able to retain his redshirt for the season.

He held a 60.3-yard average, had 14 touchbacks on 18 kickoffs and set a career high with a 63-yard average against TCU with four touchbacks, the latter being a mark he tied at Texas.

Prior to arriving at K-State, Zentner played two seasons under head coach Tim Schaffner at Butler, where he was rated the best junior college kicker in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while he was ranked second according to 247Sports.

He earned first-team all-conference honors as a punter in 2018, helping the Grizzlies to earn a 8-4 record that included a win in the Midwest Classic Bowl, and held a 39.5-yard average on 64 punts as a sophomore, landing 28 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Zentner had a season-best 48.3-yard average against Ellsworth, which included a 70-yarder that came on the heels of a 45-yard average at Fort Scott.

He also was 9 of 16 on field-goal attempts and 31 of 37 on extra-point attempts in 2018.

Zentner connected on all four field goals in a three-point win at Dodge City.

He punted 14 times and was 1 of 3 on field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2017, during which he was a teammate of fellow Wildcats Parker Bruce, Dawson Delforge, Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman, Noah Johnson and Taiten Winkel.

Zentner played football during his senior season under head coach Jason Swift at Shawnee Heights High School, where he earned honorable mention all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2016.

He also lettered three years in soccer (he was a soccer goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds, earning two all-state honors) and two years in basketball (he was a starter on the basketball team that captured the Class 5A state championship his senior year, when he was named to the all-state tournament team), and also prepped with K-State defensive end Wyatt Hubert.

Zentner picked K-State over interest from Michigan State. His primary recruiter was former special teams coordinator Sean Snyder and he is majoring in secondary education.