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90 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Bronson Massie

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In which BracketCat counts down the 90th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Bronson Massie.

#90 Bronson Massie
Bronson Massie (90) had his best season as a Wildcat in 2020, playing in all 10 games with two starts. Apparently, he enjoyed his senior year so much that he’s back for seconds. Expect him to hold down the starting strongside DE position.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#90 Bronson Massie

Redshirt Super Senior | 6-4 | 258 lbs. | Lufkin, Texas
Bronson Massie
Bronson Massie
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Bronson “Boom” Massie (b. Nov. 4, 1997) is an athletic and experienced strongside defensive end who graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and now is working on his master’s degree.

He will be at the head of the line to start at defensive end in 2020 as a “super senior” after playing in 33 games over the last three seasons as both a reserve and part-time starter.

After redshirting in 2016, Massie played in nine games in 2017 — including a start in the regular-season finale against Iowa State — and totaled 10 tackles on the year.

He also set a career high with six stops at Texas Tech, while he had two against the Cyclones and broke up a pass against UCLA in the Cactus Bowl.

Massie played in all 12 games in a reserve role in 2018, totaling 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. He carded a season-high three tackles against both Baylor and Oklahoma State, while he also had two stops against UTSA.

The highlight of his season was when Massie recovered a fumble against Kansas on the Jayhawks’ final drive to preserve the victory. He then came back with a pass breakup the next week against Texas Tech in Bill Snyder’s final victory ever.

Massie played in 11 games in 2019 as part of the regular rotation at defensive end. He finished the season with seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and his first career sack, which he registered against Baylor for a 17-yard loss.

In 2020, Massie saw action in all 10 games, with starts in the opener against Arkansas State and the finale against Texas. He totaled 13 tackles on the year, and set career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (2.5).

Massie registered a key fourth-quarter sack on third down at Oklahoma that helped the Wildcats to earn the comeback win over the third-ranked Sooners. He also totaled a season-high four tackles with a sack against TCU.

Massie played outside linebacker in high school, making him a prime candidate for the rush end/flanker spot once filled by players such as Elijah Lee and Charmeachealle Moore.

A three-year letter-winner for the Lufkin High School Panthers under head coach Todd Quick, Massie was regarded as the 62nd-best outside linebacker in the class of 2016 by ESPN, while Scout.com rated him the No. 16 defensive end in the state of Texas.

He helped Lufkin to earn a 7-4 record and a trip to the state playoffs in 2015.

Massie earned first-team All-District 16-5A honors as a defensive end in 2015, while he was an honorable mention Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State pick.

He was named to the East Texas Sports Network East Texas Football Super Team after recording 173 tackles and 26 sacks during his three-year career, including an 80-tackle, 10-sack campaign as a senior.