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83 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Will Swanson

In which BracketCat counts down the 83rd day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State tight end Will Swanson.

#83 Dalton Schoen
Over the course of the past three non-pandemic seasons, Dalton Schoen (83) was one of K-State’s most reliable and consistent pass catchers. Now Skylar Thompson will have to find a new favorite target. Maybe it will be the redshirt freshman tight end who inherited Schoen’s No. 83, Will Swanson?
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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.

#83 Will Swanson

Redshirt Freshman | 6-5 | 252 lbs. | Papillion, Nebraska
Will Swanson
Will Swanson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

William Henry Swanson (b. March 5, 2002) is a smart, tough tight end prospect out of La Vista High School South in Papillion, Nebraska, who is majoring in construction science.

He redshirted and did not see any game action in 2020 after arriving for spring practices.

A three-year letter-winner for the Titans under head coach Tim Clemenger, Swanson was regarded as the 24th-best tight end in the Class of 2020 by ESPN, while he was rated No. 37 by Rivals and No. 41 by 247Sports. He also lettered one year in baseball.

Viewed as the third-best prospect in the state of Nebraska by both ESPN and 247Sports, and No. 5 by Rivals, he hauled in 45 receptions for 542 yards and three touchdowns during his prep career, including his senior season, when he went for 381 yards on 33 receptions.

Swanson picked K-State over offers from Kent State, Missouri State, South Dakota State and Wyoming, as well as interest from Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, South Dakota, Western Illinois and Western Michigan. His primary recruiter was offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham.