Kansas State football transfer Drake Cheatum making his mark as a Power Five safety


Arne Green Topeka Capital-Journal MANHATTAN — When Kansas State's coaches recruited Reggie Stubblefield last year as a Prairie View A&M graduate transfer, Drake Cheatum wasn't even on their radar. Now, thanks in part to Stubblefield, he is the Wildcats' starting free safety. "Reg knows a lot of people," K-State coach Chris Klieman said with a smile. "Reggie knows some people and I think Reggie put us on him." Good thing, too, because Cheatum, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound super-senior from Mesquite, Texas, stepped right into a Wildcat secondary that lost all three starting safeties from last year. He has started all five games for the Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 Big 12), who travel to Ames, Iowa, for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Iowa State (3-2, 0-2). "Drake entered the transfer portal looking for some of the same opportunities and experiences that I got with playing on a bigger level and atmosphere of college football," said Stubblefield, who currently teaches and coaches football at Sam Houston High School in his hometown of Arlington, Texas. "He earned that through his great career at Prairie View A&M University, where he was phenomenal as a student and athlete.